Ormonde offshore wind farm
Vattenfall’s Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm has been constructed in the Irish Sea, 10km off Barrow-In-Furness, in the north west of the UK.
There are 30 REpower 5M wind turbines currently operating at Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm and the wind farm has a maximum installed capacity of 150MW. Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm is capable of supplying enough clean power to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of 100,000 UK households.
Onshore construction took place at both Barrow and Heysham. At Heysham, the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm is connected to the National Grid. The grid connection required cables to be buried underground from Halfmoon Bay to the substation, this work commenced in November 2009 and continued throughout 2010, with completion later that year.
The Wind Farm Operations and Maintenance (O&M) facility is located on the dock-side in Barrow Harbour. The building and quayside facilities have been in use since summer 2010..
- Offshore construction work commenced in May 2010, and completed in February 2011.
Benefits to the local area
The Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm project helped to secure many jobs across the UK, among the UK suppliers were Fife–based Burntisland Fabrications for its innovative steel platform and BiFab steel jackets, Harland & Wolff for the logistic and assembly services for the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm as well as local contractors, for example the Neil Martin Group, Askam Construction, Agrilek and R G Parkins of Lancaster.
During the construction phase the project team continued to look at opportunities to use local facilities and personnel. As the project moved into the operational phase a number of long-term jobs were created at the control, operations and maintenance base which is within Barrow port.
An environmental monitoring program was undertaken prior to, during and following the construction works. Vattenfall works hard to keep environmental disturbance to a minimum, ensuring that as little disturbance as possible is experienced by sensitive species such as lizards, slow worms and bird life.There is also an ongoing programme to mitigate disturbance for marine mammals.