Vattenfall starts construction work on Ormonde wind farm

Swedish utility Vattenfall has started construction work on its third wind farm in the UK.

The Ormonde wind farm in the Irish Sea is due for completion next year.

Anders Dahl, head of Vattenfall wind power, says: "We are delighted to announce that we have begun the construction of our latest UK based wind farm.

"The Ormonde offshore wind farm had its first foundation piles installed at the weekend. The construction work is due for completion during 2011 and first power is expected later that year."

The wind farm is situated 10 kilometres off Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. On completion it will comprise 30 five megawatt (MW) turbines. This will be enough to supply approximately 100,000 homes a year with electricity.

The control base will be built in Barrow port.

"The giant five megawatt turbines will make a substantial contribution to supply a large number of households with clean electricity.

"This supports EU and UK targets for renewable energy as well as our own ambitions to reduce harmful emissions and to reach climate neutrality by 2050," says Dahl.

Last year Vattenfall announced plans to build nine wind farms in six countries by 2011.