About the project

Map over West of Duddon Sands

The West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm is located in the East Irish Sea

 

 

​Clean renewable energy for up to 270,000 UK households​Clean renewable energy for up to 270,000 UK households

The West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm comprises 108 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 389MW and ensures clean renewable energy for more than 270,000 UK households.

The West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm is located in the East Irish Sea approximately 14 km from the nearest coast on Walney Island, Cumbria. It is situated in the vicinity of nearby operational wind farms: Barrow, Walney and Ormonde.

 

An attractive offshore site

The West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm has an attractive offshore location with excellent wind resources, favourable water depths and grid access relatively close to the shore. The short onshore distance to the grid makes this area particularly suitable for development, construction and operation of an offshore wind farm.

In addition to the site's windy location, the wave and tidal conditions in the East Irish Sea are complex with a tidal difference of 10.2m.


In operation

Onshore construction work for the project began in 2012. Work offshore commenced in 2013 and the wind farm became fully operational in October 2014.

The construction work offshore included installation of foundations and wind turbines, export and array cables, and offshore substation. Onshore, construction work included the onshore substation, as well as grid connection in Heysham, Lancashire, and building brand new bespoke O&M facilities for West of Duddon Sands in Barrow-in-Furness.

West of Duddon Sands 


All 108 wind turbines used in the project are of the same type; Siemens Wind Power SWP 3.6MW with a 120-metre rotor diameter. This is a three-bladed upwind machine like the vast majority of the wind turbines installed worldwide.

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Links

​The West of Duddon Sands REMIT declaration is available to view here:

http://www.spenergywholesale.com/documents/West_Of_Duddon_Plant_Status.pdf

and can be found from this website:

http://www.spenergywholesale.com/pages/wholesale_energy_markets.asp

http://authoring.dongenergy.com