Final turbine installed at West of Duddon Sands

The West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm successfully installed the final turbine at the 389MW project. The 108th turbine was recently hoisted into position by the Sea Installer.
John Hill, project director for West of Duddon Sands at DONG Energy, said: “We’re delighted to have reached this huge milestone at this project, and it is a testament to the great work of the West of Duddon Sands teams in Barrow and Belfast that this final installation has gone so smoothly. Now our focus turns to finishing the commissioning work on the rest of the turbines, getting them up and running and delivering power to the UK grid.”

Commissioning work is well underway and is expected to be finished by the end of 2014. The West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm is being run from a dedicated GBP 4M operations and maintenance base in Barrow-in-Furness. The offshore wind farm is a 50-50 joint venture between DONG Energy and ScottishPower Renewables. Offshore work of foundation and turbine installation was carried out by two installation vessels working in tandem: Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca and the Sea Installer owned by A2SEA. Siemens are supplying and commissioning the 3.6MW turbines.

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