Our wind farms

Learn more about our offshore wind farms that are in development, in construction, and the one's that are operational, all right here in the UK.

From the world's first to the world's biggest.

Since pioneering the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991, we have established ourselves as the unrivalled leader within global offshore wind power production. We have built more offshore wind farms than any other company worldwide, and have installed over a quarter of the market’s current capacity. In 2017, we built the world's largest offshore wind turbines at Burbo Bank Extension and we continue to grow our offshore wind farm fleet in the UK.

Our offshore wind farms in the UK

9 operational
4 in construction
2 in development

Operational Wind Farms

We fully or partly own nine operational wind farms in the UK. They produce enough green electricity to power over 2 million UK homes annually. This will rise to over 4.4 million homes when our current construction projects become operational.
Operational offshore wind farms
  • Barrow

    Electricity generated by the wind farm is delivered to the National Grid at a substation in Heysham, Lancashire via 27km of buried subsea transmission and onshore cables.

    Construction and commissioning work was completed in June 2006, a little over a year after offshore work got underway in the East Irish Sea. First power was generated in March 2006. DONG Energy’s team of technicians and project staff operate the wind farm from an operations and maintenance (O&M) base in Barrow-in-Furness.

    Facts
    Overall capacity
    90 MW
    Number of turbines 30
    Commercial Operation 2006
    Location East Irish Sea, 7km South West of Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness
    Ownership 100% Ørsted
    Project Summary  Download pdf 
  • Burbo Bank

    Burbo Bank produces enough electricity to power over 80,000 UK homes annually.

    Facts
    Overall capacity
    90 MW
    Number of turbines 25
    Commercial Operation 2007
    Location Burbo Flats in Liverpool Bay approximately 6.4km from the Sefton coastline
    Ownership 100% Ørsted
    Project Summary  Download pdf 
  • Burbo Bank Extension

    Burbo Bank extension produces enough electricity to power over 230,000 UK homes.
    Less than ten years ago at Burbo Bank, we were the first to install a 3.6 MW wind turbine. This year, we installed MHI Vestas V164 - 8.0 MW turbineswhich are the world's largest wind turbines at Burbo Bank Extension.

    Facts
    Overall capacity
    258MW
    Number of turbines 32
    Commercial Operation 2017
    Location Burbo Flats off Liverpool Bay
    Ownership 50% Ørsted, 25% PKA, 25% KIRKBI A/S
     Project Summary Download pdf 

  • Gunfleet Sands

    Gunfleet Sands produces enough electricity to power over 150,000 UK homes annually.

    This wind farm originally consisting of two stages, a third demonstration project was completed in 2013 to test the new 6MW turbines.

     

     

    Facts
    Overall capacity
    170MW
    Number of turbines 48
    Commercial Operation 2013
    Location 7km south-east of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Ownership 50.1% Ørsted, 24.95% Marubeni Corporation, 24.95% DBJ
    Project Summary  Download pdf 

  • Lincs
    Lincs produces enough electricity to power over 240,000 UK homes annually.
    Facts
    Overall capacity
    270MW
    Number of turbines 75
    Commercial Operation 2012
    Location 8km off the east coast, near Skegness in Lincolnshire
    Ownership 25% Ørsted, 50% Centrica, and 25% Siemens Gamesa Project Ventures (SPV)
    Project Summary  Download pdf 

  • London Array
    London Array produces enough electricity to power over 560,000 UK homes annually.
    Facts
    Overall capacity
    630MW
    Number of turbines 175
    Commercial Operation 2012
    Location 20km off the East coast in Thames Estuary
    Ownership 25% Ørsted, 30% E.ON, 25%

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    20% Masdar,
    Project Summary  Download pdf

  • Walney
    Walney produces enough electricity to power over 320,000 UK homes.
    Facts
    Overall capacity
    367MW
    Number of turbines 102
    Commercial Operation 2012
    Location 15km from coastline of Walney Island
    Ownership 50% Ørsted, 25% SSE, 25% PGGM
    Project Summary  Download pdf 

  • West of Duddon Sands

    West of Duddon sands produces enough electricity to power over 340,000 UK homes annually.  

    The wind farm has an attractive offshore location with excellent wind resources, favourable water depths and grid access relatively close to the shore. The short onshore distance to the grid makes this area particularly suitable for development, construction and operation of an offshore wind farm.

    Facts
    Overall capacity
    389MW
    Number of turbines 108
    Commercial Operation 2014
    Location 14km from Walney Island, Cumbria
    Ownership 50% Ørsted, 50% Scottish Power Renewables
    Project Summary  Download pdf

  • Westermost Rough

    Westermost Rough produces enough electricity to power over 180,000 UK homes annually.

    Facts
    Overall capacity
    210MW
    Number of turbines 35
    Commercial Operation 2015
    Location 8km off the Yorkshire Coast, north of Hull
    Ownership 50% Ørsted, 25% Marubeni Corporation, 25% UK Green Investment Bank 
     Project Summary Download pdf 

Wind Farms in Construction

We currently have three wind farms in construction. Our construction projects will take our installed capacity in the UK to over 4,900MW.
In Construction
  • Hornsea Project One

    This will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Once completed in 2020, it will produce enough energy to power over 1 million homes.

    With a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts (GW), Hornsea Project One will be the world's first offshore wind farm to exceed 1 GW in capacity.

    Located off the Yorkshire coast, Hornsea Project One will span a huge area of approximately 407 square kilometres, which is over five times the size of the city of Hull. The offshore wind farm will use 7 megawatt (MW) wind turbines, with each one 190 metres tall – larger than the Gherkin building in London.

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  • Hornsea Project Two

    Granted development consent by the Secretary of State for Energy in August 2016. When built, Hornsea Project Two could potentially meet the electricity needs of up to 1.6 million homes per year bringing low carbon power to the UK and economic growth in the Humber region.

  • Race Bank
    This wind farm could generate enough electricity to power over 500,000 UK homes annually. The project has a potential maximum capacity of 580MW and could also realise a potential annual carbon saving of over 830,000 tonnes of CO2.
  • Walney Extension

    This wind farm will power over 590,000 UK homes. Walney Extension is expected to be fully commissioned in 2018, at which time it will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, surpassing the 630MW London Array Offshore Wind Farm which was commissioned in 2014 by DONG Energy and its partners.

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Wind Farms in Development

We currently have two offshore wind farms in development. Read more about the latest activities for these projects.
In Development
  • Hornsea Project Three

    We are proposing to develop a new offshore wind farm (Hornsea Project Three), in the North Sea, off the North Norfolk Coast. The proposed wind farm could potentially be generating up to 2,400 MW of electricity, enough to meet the daily electricity needs of well over 2 million homes.

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  • Isle of Man

    We are investigating an area in the Territorial Seas of the Isle of Man, to the east of the island. The project is at an early stage of development, and as such its final layout and size are not known. Subject to our investigations, and the outcome of future consenting processes, the windfarm could generate up to 700 megawatts (MW) of electricity. While the number of wind turbine generators and their sizes are not yet know, it will be considered during the planning and consenting process.

    About the project

    Ørsted was awarded "Preferred Bidder" status in November 2014, following a tender process conducted by the Isle of Man Government earlier in the year.

    Ørsted has now signed an Agreement for Lease (AfL) with the Isle of Man Government.  This AfL gives Ørsted the right to investigate an agreed area within the Isle of Man Territorial Seas, located approximately 6-12 nautical miles off the east coast of the island, to determine its suitability for an offshore wind farm.

    It will take a number of years to complete these investigations, after which there will be an option to execute a lease with the Isle of Man Government for the seabed over the lifetime of the wind farm, if conditions are suitable.

    Planning Consent will be needed before a lease is signed with the Isle of Man Government and if conditions are not suitable for an offshore wind farm Ørsted will hand the site back to the Isle of Man Government.

    Subject to the specific findings of the investigations throughout the development stage, construction activities would be likely to take place post-2020.

    Project Description

    The site under investigation for the proposed wind farm is located within the Territorial Seas of the Isle of Man, to the east of the island.

    The project is at an early stage of development, and as such its final layout and size are not known.  It is important to note that the final size of the windfarm will be less than the area currently earmarked by the AfL for investigation.

    Subject to our investigations, and the outcome of future consenting processes, the proposed windfarm could generate up to 700 megawatts (MW) of electricity.  The number of wind turbine generators, and their likely size, is not yet known, but will be considered during the planning and consenting processes.

    Environmental Assessment

    Ørsted will be producing an Environmental Statement to support the applications for  Marine Infratsructure Licence and other consents needed for the export cable installation outside of Isle of Man waters.  Work has started on the production of an EIA Scoping Report for the potential offshore works.

    Other information

    • Ørsted awarded Preferred bidder status
    • Signed an Agreement for lease November 2015
    • Now investigating territory 6-12 miles off the east coast of the Isle of Man
    • Pending investigation, any potential wind farm could be up to approximately 700MW