Burbo Bank Extension generates first power

The first electricity has been generated from Dong Energy’s offshore windfarm in Liverpool Bay.

The first turbine to produce the electricity at Burbo Bank Extension offshore windfarm will be one of 32 turbines which are expected to be in place by the first quarter of 2017 – capable of generating up to 258MW of electricity.

This is the first time that the next generation MHI Vestas 8MW turbines have been used commercially offshore – but the project is being built alongside the existing Burbo Bank farm, which was the first to use 3.6MW turbines which are now widely used across the industry.

Burbo Bank Extension programme director Claus Bøjle Møller said: “First power is a key milestone for us because it proves that every part of the transmission and generation equipment is successfully working. We’re progressing well with the construction of the wind farm thanks to a huge effort from our construction team and our contractors.

“This milestone is also significant for the offshore wind industry at a broader scale. Using these bigger turbines is a major step in reducing the cost of energy from offshore wind and we are proud to once again introduce a step-change in technology.”

The Burbo Bank Extension offshore windfarm is a joint venture between Dong Energy (50 per cent), PKA and Kirkbi after Dong sold half of the project for £660 million. The project has been operating out of Liverpool Bay since 2007 and is expected to produce enough power every year for almost a third of a million homes.

Work is also underway on a multi-million pound state of the art operations and maintenance facility to serve the combined windfarms.