Development consent for Walney Extension wind farm welcomed by DONG Energy

DONG Energy today (7 November) welcomed the decision of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to grant development consent for the Walney Extension offshore wind farm, located off Walney Island in the Irish Sea.
Walney Extension offshore wind farm, is located off Walney Island in the Irish Sea.

Project location

Subject to final investment decision, the Walney Extension offshore wind farm will be located in the Irish Sea, around 19 km from the Walney Island coast in Cumbria, 26 km from the Millom coast in Cumbria, 35 km from the Fleetwood and Blackpool coast, and 31 km from the Isle of Man. The extension will cover an area of 145 km².

The Development Consent Order (DCO) was approved by the Rt.Hon. Edward Davey MP at the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate, and covers the entire project including the turbines, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cable.

Benj Sykes, DONG Energy's Vice President of UK Wind PowerBenj Sykes, DONG Energy's Vice President of UK Wind Power, said:

"Walney Extension is expected to have generation capacity of up to 660 megawatts, with the potential to power up to half a million homes, and this decision to grant development consent now clears the way for the company to make a final investment decision on the project. 

"With consent also granted to the Burbo Bank Extension project recently, this really underlines our commitment to investing in the UK  and helping us move towards a low carbon economy." 

Walney Extension offshore wind farm is expected to be developed using 6 - 8 megawatt turbines. The project, which is located 19 kilometres from the nearest coastline, has high wind potential but also challenging ground conditions. The flexible consent that has been granted will allow DONG Energy to use the most efficient solutions for the wind farm, supporting the drive to reduce the cost of electricity.

Walney Extension was one of three DONG Energy projects awarded a FID-enabling Contract for Difference in April 2014. 

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