MHI VESTAS is celebrating the inauguration of the most powerful offshore wind farm in the world.

Completed this year, the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, located in the Irish Sea 19km from the coast of Cumbria, features 40 MHI Vestas offshore wind V164-8.0 wind turbines.

The turbines have been optimised to produce 8.25MW, making Walney Extension West the first wind farm in the world to exceed 8.0MW per turbine.

Offshore wind executives met today (Thursday) at Barrow-in-Furness to celebrate inauguration of the UK’s latest renewable energy achievement.

“This is a very proud day for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind,” said MHI Vestas chief operations officer, Flemming Ougaard, in attendance at the event.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have partnered with Ørsted to supply 40 of our V164-8.25 MW turbines in service to the UK’s latest clean energy achievement — the inauguration of Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm.”

In phase one (Walney Extension West) earlier this year, MHI Vestas installed 40 of its V164-8.25 MW turbines, with more than 50 per cent of the blades for the project coming from the company’s Isle of Wight blade factory.

The 40 wind turbines at Walney Extension West will supply enough clean energy to power more than 289,000 UK homes.