The West of Duddon Sands Offshore Windfarm is a joint venture project between ScottishPower Renewables and Dong Energy, comprising 108 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 389 megawatts.
The West of Duddon Sands Offshore Windfarm is located in the East Irish Sea approximately 14 km from the nearest coast on Walney Island, Cumbria. It is situated in the vicinity of nearby operational windfarms: Barrow, Walney and Ormonde.
The West of Duddon Sands Offshore Windfarm 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 windfarm. Onshore construction work for the project has already begun. Work offshore commenced in 2013 and the windfarm is expected to be in complete by late 2014.
The construction work offshore includes installation of foundations and wind turbines, export and array cables, and offshore substation. Onshore construction work includes the onshore substation, as well as grid connection in Heysham, Lancashire, and building brand new bespoke O&M facilities for West of Duddon Sands in Barrow-in-Furness.
All 108 wind turbines used in the project will be of the same type; Siemens Wind Power SWP 3.6 megawatts with a 120 metre rotor diameter.