Official inauguration of Burbo Bank Extension

Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 11:15
DONG Energy openend 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension Project in Liverpool Bay, UK. (Photo: MHI Vestas)
DONG Energy openend 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension Project in Liverpool Bay, UK.(Photo: MHI Vestas)

DONG Energy and its partners LEGO Group and PKA were joined by MHI Vestas in the inauguration of Burbo Bank Extension, the world’s first offshore wind park to utilise MHI Vestas’ 8 MW wind turbine.

Offshore wind executives met on May 17 at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool to celebrate the inauguration of 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind park. DONG Energy Project Director Claus Bøjle Møller said: “This is a proud moment for all involved. There has been a lot of public interest in this project due to it being the first time the 8 MW turbines have been installed offshore, so we are absolutely delighted that Burbo Bank Extension has been fully commissioned and is now providing clean energy to the UK.”

The V164-8.0 MW turbine from MHI Vestas is the most powerful available turbine and has helped lower the cost of offshore wind energy by enabling developers to run fewer, larger turbines. Each turbine with 195 m from sea level to blade tip uses blades weighing 35 tons each and measuring 80 meters long.

The turbine blades were designed, tested and manufactured at the MHI Vestas blade factory on the Isle of Wight and are the first locally built blades to be installed at a UK offshore wind farm. This R&D facility was opened in 2011, specifically designed to develop the large blades. In 2016, the first blades arrived at MHI Vestas’ pre-assembly site in Belfast Harbour, the first bespoke terminal of its kind designed exclusively for offshore wind.

CEO of MHI Vestas, Jens Tommerup commented: “The inauguration of Burbo Bank Extension represents a noteworthy milestone in the history of MHI Vestas and our stakeholders. We are extremely proud to supply 32 of our 8 MW turbines to DONG Energy and help provide renewable energy for more than 230,000 UK homes.”

MHI Vestas / Silke Funke

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