World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Opens off the Cumbrian Coast

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, opened the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off Walney in Cumbria today (9th February).

The £1 billion pound wind farm consists of 102 turbines and will produce enough power to supply 320,000 households. It is a joint venture between DONG Energy, SSE and OPW. It will create around 60 jobs at the new operations centre in Barrow-in-Furness.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, stated: “Britain has a lot to be proud of in our growing offshore wind sector.  Our island’s tremendous natural resource, our research base and a proud history of engineering make this the number one destination for investment in offshore wind. And Walney is the newest, biggest and fastest-built jewel in that crown, providing clean power for hundreds of thousands of households. Opening Walney during my first week in office lets me underline my commitment to continuing the Coalition’s work to make this sector a success story for the British economy, not least with the innovation it is driving and the employment it is creating.”

For more information see the DECC website

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