The Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm is comprised of 25 efficient wind turbines. The wind farm is situated on the Burbo Flats in Liverpool Bay at the entrance to the River Mersey, approximately 6.4km (4.0 miles) from the Sefton coastline and 7.2km (4.5 miles) from North Wirral.
Burbo Bank is exposed to the full force of the wind from the west. The Irish Sea and its shifting sands were once feared by storm driven sailing ships, however the wind and shallow waters now make it an ideal location for offshore wind turbines.
The location was chosen for a number of reasons:
Each wind turbine is designed to run for approximately 6000 hours each year over 20 years. By comparison, the design lifetime of a car engine is 20 times less, i.e. only one year if the car is set to run 4,000 to 6,000 hours.
To learn more visit the Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm webpage via the link to the right
Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm
The Burbo Bank Extension was awarded in May 2010 and will have an estimated capacity of up to 250 MW. The wind farm will cover an area of 40 km2.
You can read more about the Burbo Bank Extension project via the link to the right