Iberdrola Renovables starts work on West of Duddon Sands offshore windfarmProjects and Operations // July 1, 2011
Iberdrola Renovables, through its British subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables, and the Danish company Dong, has begun development of the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind power project in the UK.
West of Duddon Sands will have a total installed capacity of 389 megawatts (MW), enough to meet the electricity needs of 300,000 British homes. It will be one of the biggest offshore facilities in the world when it begins operations in three years time.
The start-up of this renewable energy infrastructure will require total investment of 1.6 billion pounds, which will be funded on a 50/50 basis by Iberdrola Renovables and Dong Energy. The facility is located 14km southeast of the coast at Barrow-in-Furness in England.
The two companies have already completed the full design of the project, including the selection of wind turbines to be installed and the decision on power connections. These will require an underwater cable and transforming station to carry the energy to the national power grid.
The construction of the windfarm will involve the use of two ships specially designed for this type of infrastructure, as they enable work to be carried out in extreme weather conditions. Assembly will largely be in the port of Belfast, while the operations will be carried out from the port of Barrow.
Construction of the offshore facility will create an estimated 500 jobs, in addition to others needed in the future for operation and maintenance. Work is expected to begin next year on the electrical connections; the wind turbines will be installed in 2013.