Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm has reached a ground-breaking moment with the start of construction of the onshore substation in Heysham, Lancashire.
Construction of the onshore substation is a key part of preparatory works for the project. When the wind farm is operational, it will receive the electricity generated and feed it into the national grid.
John Agnew, Deputy Construction Manager for the onshore substation at DONG Energy, said:
"This is a really exciting moment in the project. The onshore substation is one of the most important features of the wind farm, as it will take the electricity generated and feed it into the national grid for people to use. It's always a pleasure to see these projects take shape and deliver a variety of benefits to the local region. We are committed to working with local subcontractors and supply chains to ensure we are investing in the community, both in the construction stages of the Project and throughout its entire lifetime."
The Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm will be located approximately 19 kilometres off the Cumbrian coast, next to the 367.2MW Walney Offshore Wind Farm. When operational, it is expected to be one of the world's largest offshore wind farms and the proposed 660MW of Walney Extension will generate enough electricity to power around 460,000 homes.
Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm was granted consent by the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in November 2014. DONG Energy expects to take a final investment decision on the project later this year.
Onshore construction for Walney Extension will include elements such as the onshore substation, the onshore underground cable route and a landfall site where the cable reaches the shore and joins to the offshore cable.
This onshore substation ground-breaking leads the way for the next stage of the project's development, which will be the onshore cable installation early in 2016.