Vattenfall installs last 5 MW wind turbine at Ormonde offshore wind farm

The milestone brings an end to a two-year construction project, which has seen 30 giant 5 MW wind turbines, provided by Repower, installed 10 kilometres off Barrow-in-Furness before being connected to the grid. The facility is now expected to provide enough electricity for about 100,000 homes each year.

The wind turbines are among the largest in the world, each boasting three rotor blades that are 61.5 metres in length and a central nacelle that is the size of two houses.

Georg Friedrichs, head of offshore wind projects at Vattenfall, hailed the development as a major breakthrough for the global offshore wind sector.

"Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm gives a glimpse into the technological future of offshore wind development as it uses, at this large scale, the most powerful commercially available wind turbine in the world, with foundations specially designed for deep water and heavier machines," he explained.