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DONG Energy Begins Construction On Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm

Only days after DONG Energy announced the acquisition of the Hornsea Offshore Wind Zone, it has now announced the beginning of construction on the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, as well as a deal with Vestas Offshore Wind for work on the Borkum Riffgrund project in Germany.

DONG Energy announced Monday that it had begun construction of the onshore substation in Heysham, Lancashire, in England, for the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm.

“This is a really exciting moment in the project,” said John Agnew, DONG Energy Deputy Construction Manager for the onshore substation. “The onshore substation is one of the most important features of the wind farm, as it will take the electricity generated and feed it into the national grid for people to use. It’s always a pleasure to see these projects take shape and deliver a variety of benefits to the local region. We are committed to working with local subcontractors and supply chains to ensure we are investing in the community, both in the construction stages of the Project and throughout its entire lifetime.”

Set to be located 19 kilometers off the Cumbrian coast, alongside the existing 367.2 MW Walney Offshore Wind Farm, the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm will add an additional 660 MW, making the Walney development one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms.

At the same time, DONG Energy announced that Vestas Offshore Wind would be the preferred bidder for the Borkum Riffgrund II offshore wind project. The two companies have entered into a conditional agreement for the delivery of enough of Vestas’ V164-8.0 MW turbines for the proposed 450 MW Borkum Riffgrund II project.

“We’re very satisfied with the agreement we’ve made with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind,” said Mats Vikholm, Senior Vice President in DONG Energy. “Using larger and more efficient wind turbines is an integral step on our way to reducing the cost of electricity, thereby making offshore wind even more competitive.”

Set to be located approximately 57 kilometers off the northwest coast of Germany in the North Sea, the Borkum Riffgrund II offshore wind project will have a capacity of 450 MW, and generate the equivalent electricity for 460,000 German households.

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