The largest offshore wind farm in the world has been opened officially. It has the ability to facilitate at least 590,000 homes and located on the Cumbrian coast in the Irish Sea. The farm has 87 wind turbines and the 659 megawatt Walney Extension holds an area of more than 20,000 soccer pitches. The UK managing director of Ørsted (a Danish company that developed the wind farm), Matthew Wright said that the United Kingdom has been a global leader in offshore wind and Walney Extension. It shows the amazing success story of the industry. This project was finalized on time and within the specific budget, now marking another major step towards the vision of Ørsted due to it runs completely on green energy.
The project Walney Extension has been considered the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, but it might not be for long. There are various other projects are in the works including Hornsea Project 1 & 2 of Ørsted, and the East Anglia One of Scottish Power. The East Anglia One and Hornsea Project One are some of the major projects with having capacities of 714 megawatts and 1,200 megawatts, respectively. Both projects are scheduled to be operational in the year 2020. The 1,400-megawatt Hornsea Project Two is also scheduled to be operational by 2022 and it will have the capability of powering 1.8 million homes.