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UK offshore wind farm ready for full power

Two-year work is complete on Cumbria coast 30 turbine site

The Ormonde Offshore wind farm has been two years in the making
The Ormonde Offshore wind farm has been two years in the making Credit: Ben Barden

UK wind firm Vattenfall has completed work on its Ormonde Offshore wind farm. The wind farm, which has been built off the Cumbria coast, England, is ready for full power. Following a two-year development process, commissioning work was completed on the thirtieth 5MW turbine on the offshore site.

Ormonde Offshore wind farm uses REpower 5M 5MW wind turbines, which Vattenfall claim is “the most powerful commercially available wind turbine in the world.” The European energy company said it was pleased with progress on the project and looked forward to the scheme generating at full power and exporting green electricity to the National Grid.

The completion of commissioning work coincided with the official inauguration of the onshore operations and maintenance base in the Port of Barrow.

Georg Friedrichs, ead of offshore wind projects at Vattenfall, said: “Ormonde Offshore wind farm has been two-years in the making and we are pleased to have recently completed commissioning of the thirtieth and final wind turbine at the scheme. Ormonde Offshore wind farm gives a glimpse into the technological future of offshore wind development as it uses, at this large scale, the most powerful commercially available wind turbine in the world with foundations specially designed for deep water and heavier machines.”

He added: “I would like to thank all staff for their hard work on getting to this stage; everybody has done a fantastic job. It is also important to acknowledge the motivation and the hard work of the REpower team, along with principle contractor ode and Vattenfall colleagues, who have worked strenuously to commission the turbines since first power in summer.”