The first of 108 Siemens 3.6MW turbines has been successfully installed at the
West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm, a 50/50 joint venture between DONG
Energy and ScottishPower Renewables.
Following the recent milestone of
hitting the halfway mark on foundation installation, on Friday 27th
September the West of Duddon Sands team completed installation of the first
turbine in the 389MW project. Over the coming months, 107 further turbines will
be installed by the Sea Installer and Pacific Orca, with the wind farm expected
to be fully completed in 2014.
Henrik Scheinemann, Vice
President in DONG Energy’s Wind Power business said: “We’re very pleased to see the first
turbine installed at this project, and it is a testament to the great work of
the entire West of Duddon Sands teams that this first installation has gone so
project is very important for DONG Energy; it is our eighth wind farm in the UK
and when completed will take us past the mark of 2.4GW of constructed capacity,
well on the way to reaching our target of 6.5GW by 2020."
Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower
Renewables Project Director, said: “This is another major milestone for
the West of Duddon Sands project, and testament to the hard work of both
ScottishPower Renewables and DONG Energy, as well as the contracting teams and
suppliers working on the project. The operations at Belfast Harbour have been
working well, and we are delighted with progress on the
The components for the wind farm are
stored at the bespoke offshore wind installation and pre-assembly facility at
Belfast Harbour ready for sailing out to the construction site in the East Irish
work is being carried out by two of the world’s most advanced installation
vessels: Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca and the Sea Installer – owned by
A2SEA. Working in tandem, Sea Installer is currently installing the wind
turbines with Pacific Orca scheduled to finish foundation installation around
the end of October 2013.