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Published on March 16th, 2013 | by James Ayre

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Walney Offshore Wind Farm To Triple In Size



The 367 MW Walney offshore wind farm that opened last summer is now going to be significantly expanded upon. The wind farm will be approximately tripled in size, reaching a total capacity of just over 1.1 GW. Once the expansion is completed, the Walney wind farm is likely to once again be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, after having lost that title to the London Array recently.

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Image Credit: Dong Energy

The expansion plans were presented to Cumbria County Council’s local committee for Barrow last week by Dong Energy, wherein they outlined the specifics of the plans — the addition of 120 new wind turbines to the already 102-turbine-strong wind farm.

The formal application for consent is currently expected to be submitted sometime in May.

“The process typically takes around 18 months to two years, so if the planning decision is favorable we would be looking to make financial investment decisions and start work in 2015/16,” a spokesman from the company was quoted by BusinessGreen as saying. “Construction time depends on the turbine types and the weather, but the aim would be to have work completed around 2018.”

As of right now, the 367 MW Walney wind farm is providing enough electricity for about 320,000 homes. With the addition of a further 750 MW of capacity, that number would go up considerably.

The Walney wind farm was actually the largest offshore wind farm in the world when it was completed in February 2012, but has been overtaken by the London Array project, which is going to provide 630 MW of capacity once its first phase is completed.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.t.peffly Matthew Todd Peffly

    Now the sad part. They are asking to add turbines to a site already approved (or close enough to be called the same site), but it will still take 18-24 months to approval. Environmental impact was cover for first 102 turbines. But still a lot faster than 10+ years for the Cap off shore wind farm (boy is my face red).

  • Cameron Phillips

    Seems like a strange title. Why not just say that it is tripling in size? After all: 367 * 3 = 1101

    • Bannor99

      My thought exactly. Another mistake is where the article states that it was the largest wind farm in the world, neglecting to specify OFFSHORE as there are dozens of onshore farms that are larger, some that are 2-3x the nameplate capacity.

      • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

        Corrections made.

        • Bannor99

          Thanks. Would that more bloggers were as responsive or willing to correct even minor mistakes.

          • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

            Thanks. Same here. (And also wish we didn’t make mistakes, but this is life….)

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