Dong's 184MW Walney 1 now 'fully operational' in the Irish Sea

Having suffered previously from delays related to cabling, the 184MW Walney 1 project is now fully operational in the Irish Sea, lifting the UK’s installed offshore wind capacity to more than 1.5GW.

Construction at Walney 1 was finished in May, when the last of 51 Siemens 2.3MW turbines exported its first power to the onshore grid.

Since then, the project’s developers – Dong and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) – have been conducting commissioning tests and “minor corrections”.

All such work has been completed, according to SSE, with all turbines flowing electricity under water for 14km to the Cumbrian coast.

Walney 2, which is identical in size, scope and components, is on track for commissioning in 2012, says SSE chief operating officer Colin Hood.

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