The construction of European renewable energy project developer Vattenfall’s Ormonde offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea has moved forward this week with its first wind turbine delivery.
Offshore construction company Harland and Wolff has received the first of nine wind turbine and tower consignments destined for the Irish wind farm.
The logistics and assembly contractor for the project is due to assemble the 30-wind turbine strong wind farm 10km off Barrow-in-Furness, with further deliveries expected until the end of March.
With further shipments of wind turbines, towers and blades expected to arrive on the site imminently, Vattenfall confirmed that installation of the project is on schedule.
The developer is set to lay cable to connect the Ormonde wind farm to the high voltage national grid shortly, with help from project manager ode.
Vattenfall UK country manager David Hodkinson said, ‘The delivery of the towers and turbines is not only an important development for our project, but also underlines Vattenfall’s commitment to work with suppliers to strengthen the UK supply chain for the offshore wind sector.’
The developer’s commitment to suppliers will underpin the delivery of the planned large scale expansion of offshore wind around the UK coast, according to Hodkinson.
The Ormonde project has signalled a crest of development in Ireland’s offshore wind market, and follows Australian company Carnegie’s recent grant from the Irish government for marine energy demonstrations.
UK Minister of State for Energy Charles Hendry said, ‘We are determined to see more of the supply chain investment coming to our ports.’
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