New Large scale Wind farm Gets Its First Turbine
By Leigh Teixeira
The Gwynt y Mor wind farm located off the coast of North Wales has its first or 160 turbines installed recently. The turbine which was installed has the capacity of 3.6 megawatts and was developed by Siemens. The wind farm, when complete will have the capacity of 576 megawatts.
Siemens is building the turbines for the wind farm at its factory based in Brande, Denmark, and will be delivered directly to the Port of Mostyn by ferry.
This will be the largest project undertaken by RWE Npower and is one of the biggest off shore wind farms in Europe. Once Gwynt y Mor is fully operational it will be able to generate enough power to keep the lights on in a third of Welsh households.
The installation of the turbines will be carried out in Flintshire at the Port of Mostyn which has had extensive reconstruction and development to allow for the construction base. The plan is that with more investment the port will be used as the long term base for maintenance and operations for the new wind farm. Over 100 jobs will be created when Gwynt y Mor is finished in 2013.
The project manager for Gwynt y Mor, Toby Edmonds says that RWE Npower is pleased to have such a large project under their belt and it is the company’s biggest renewables project. He says that it is clearly important for the UK to generate its own energy from its own natural resources. Gwynt y Mor will make a huge contribution to the total amount of renewable energy generated at home.
It will take around 24 hours to install each turbine and it consists of a tower that has two sections, a hub, three blades and a nacelle.
The boat that will be used to transport the equipment, the Seajack, will return to port every three days to collect more equipment. Only three sets can be carried by the ship at a time. Another boat, the Seaworker will be on the project by summer. The installation of the turbines will most likely only be completed in 2014.
Once Gwynt y Mor is completed and fully operational, it is expected that the wind farm will generate enough energy to power up to 400 000 homes.
Siemens Wind Power Off shore’s managing director; Clark MacFarlane has said that wind farm is a substantial business investment for the company in the UK. At the moment their wind farm portfolio consists of 12 farms in the UK.
Gwynt y Mor is a representation of the UK’s offshore energy industry’s steady move forward. Mr. MacFarlane says that the company is looking forward to good progress in the next couple of months.
Since the start of the Gwynt y Mor project in 2010, Wales has seen investment worth more than £80 million.
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