The world’s biggest offshore wind farm has officially opened in the Irish Sea, local media reported on Thursday.
The Walney Extension wind farm, off the Cumbrian coast, is located in an area the size of 20,000 football pitches, and has a capacity of 659 megawatts - enough to power the equivalent of 590,000 homes.
"The [U.K.] energy minister Claire Perry said the scheme would help the U.K., the world’s number one in offshore wind installations, to consolidate its leadership and create thousands of high-quality jobs," according to U.K. media reports.
The Danish energy group Orsted operates the Walney Extension project, which consists of 87 wind turbines built by Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas.
By Gulsen Cagatay