During the years 2012 to 2014, through a joint venture with ScottishPower Renewables, DONG Energy will construct the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm.
The West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm is located in the East Irish Sea approximately 14km from the nearest coast on Walney Island, Cumbria. It is situated in the vicinity of nearby wind farms: Barrow, Ormonde and Walney.
The project will comprise 108 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 389MW and ensure clean renewable energy for more than 300,000 UK households.
The wind farm has an attractive offshore location with excellent wind resources, favourable water depths and grid access relatively close to the shore. The short onshore distance to the grid makes this area particularly suitable for development, construction and operation of an offshore wind farm.
In addition to the site's windy location, the wave and tidal conditions in the East Irish Sea are complex with a tidal difference of 10.2m.
In operation by 2014
Work is well underway at West of Duddon Sands and the wind farm is planned to be in operation by 2014. The construction work includes installation of foundations, wind turbines, export and array cables, offshore and onshore substations, grid connection and O&M facilities.