World’s largest offshore wind farm opens in the Irish Sea | GBRI

Walney wind farm

The 659-megawatt Walney Extension in the Irish Sea is world’s largest offshore wind farm that covers an area of 145 sq km. Located off the coast of Cumbria, England, this massive 87 turbine facility cost £1bn and can generate enough renewable energy to power almost 600,000 UK homes.

Matthew Wright, UK managing director, said: “The north west region plays an important role in our UK offshore wind operations and our aim is to make a lasting and positive impact here.”

Energy Minister Claire Perry, said: “Record-breaking engineering landmarks like this help us consolidate our global leadership position, break records for generating renewable energy, and create thousands of high quality jobs.”

About 250 people will be employed in the operation and maintenance of the wind farm.

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