TURBINE installation at the world’s second biggest offshore windfarm has been completed.
All 160 turbines are now in place at the Gwynt y Mor site, off the North Wales coast, and they will be maintained by about 100 people from a multi-million pound base in the Port of Mostyn.
Toby Edmonds, Gwynt y Mor project director at RWE Innogy, the company building the windfarm, said: “This is another tremendous milestone for Gwynt y Mor and brings to an end a further chapter in its construction.
“The first of the 160 turbines was installed in May, 2013, with the 100th constructed offshore at the end of November that same year.
“To have achieved the installation of all 160 in just over a year is a credit to the excellent co-operation and good working relationships between our project team.”
The £3 million complex at the Port of Mostyn will house more than 100 long-term staff, providing engineering, technical, management and administrative services throughout the 25-year operational lifetime of the offshore site.
The port was also used as a base during the construction process, with components – including turbine towers in two sections, hubs and blades – arriving by roll-on, roll-off ferry from Denmark.
Gwynt y Mor is a £2billion offshore wind farm and will be capable of generating enough energy to power the equivalent of about 400,000 homes. It is the second biggest offshore farm in the world, behind the London Array offshore windfarm off the coast of South East England, which has 170 turbines.
More than £19 million in community funding over the wind farm's working lifetime will also be pumped into North Wales.