Ormonde offshore wind farm officially opened

Thursday, 27 September, 2012 - 14:45

Vattenfall's Ormonde offshore wind farm, located off the west coast of England, not far from the Isle of Man, was officially opened on 19 September. It took two and a half years to install the wind farm’s 30 REpower 5M tubines, each with a nameplate capacity of 5 MW. Construction began in 2010, and the first turbines were erected in 2011. The wind farm exported power to the grid for the first time in August last year before reaching its full capacity of 150 MW last February.

“Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm is one of the most innovative operational offshore wind farms in the world and we believe it provides a glimpse into the future of offshore wind in Europe. The lessons that we have learned and the innovation we have demonstrated in the harsh environment of the Irish Sea will help deliver the safe, productive and low cost offshore wind schemes of the future,” said Øystein Løseth, president and chief executive officer of Vattenfall.

The REpower turbines are installed on steel jacket foundations fabricated in Scotland by Burntisland Fabrication. Ormonde's 42 kilometre export cable is the longest single-pull electricity export cable in British waters.

Katharina Garus

Similar Entries

The first turbine jacket foundation is installed at the Seagreen Wind Farm site, 27 kilometres off the coast of the county of Angus in Scotland (pict: SSE Renewables)

The first turbine jacket foundation has been installed at Seagreen – Scotland’s largest and the world’s deepest, fixed bottom offshore wind farm.

Wind turbine (pict. Dewesoft d.o.o.)

The energy company Vattenfall has selected Dewesoft to provide the tower monitoring solution at what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

First transformer has been delivered to convertor station for Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Image source Dogger Bank Wind Farm (pict. SSE Renewables)

The first of a number of transformers that will enable the transmission of renewable energy from the world’s largest offshore wind farm has been delivered. The transformers will play an integral role in the operation of three onshore convertor stations in East Riding of Yorkshire and on Teesside, that will eventually convert the current from the wind farm for transmission via the national grid network to 6 million UK homes.

The jacket, which will support the offshore platform substation, was secured on the seabed using the Saipem 7000 heavy lift vessel  (pict. SSE plc)

Construction of the world’s deepest fixed bottom offshore wind farm, which is also Scotland’s largest, has reached another milestone with the installation of a jacket in preparation for the project’s offshore substation topside which is due to be installed in early 2022.