The 30th turbine at Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm was installed last week with the final rotor lift from A2Sea's vessel, the SeaJack. Installation was completed four months after the first turbine was erected.
Vattenfall now looks forward to generating electricity from the wind farm for the first time later this summer.
Ormonde's 30 REpower 5M wind turbines have a total installed capacity of 150MW. It is capable of generating enough electricity annually to meet the equivalent electricity needs of 100,000 UK households.
“Vattenfall has been pioneering the development of offshore wind for many years, with Ormonde hot on the heels of our recently completed Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, still the world's largest operating offshore wind farm,” said Ole Bigum Nielsen, Vattenfall's head of offshore wind development in the UK. “Our experience, coupled with the expertise from our construction partners, ode and REpower, has allowed us to develop a wind farm safely and to schedule.”
In addition to the pioneering use of the 5M turbine, Nielsen said Vattenfall's Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm is also the first commercial and largest deployment of Scotland's Burntisland Fabrications' steel lattice 'quadruped' foundation.
“Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm is, therefore, a sign of things to come as the UK offshore wind industry gears up to deliver its enormous potential,” he said.
Offshore construction of Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm started in 2010 and by the summer of that year all 31 steel lattice quadruped jacket foundations had been installed.
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