Ormonde Wind Farm

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Ormonde Wind Farm
Vattenfall REpower 5M offshore wind turbine.jpg
Wind turbine at Ormonde Wind Farm, March 2011
CountryEngland, United Kingdom
LocationWest of Barrow-in-Furness, Irish Sea
Coordinates54°6′N 3°24′W / 54.100°N 3.400°W / 54.100; -3.400Coordinates: 54°6′N 3°24′W / 54.100°N 3.400°W / 54.100; -3.400
Construction beganMay 2010
Commission dateFebruary 2012
Wind farm
Max. water depth17–21 m (56–69 ft)
Distance from shore9.5 km (5.9 mi)
Hub height100 m (328 ft)
Rotor diameter126 m (413 ft)
Site area8.7 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
Power generation
Units operational30 x 5 MW
Make and modelREpower 5M
Nameplate capacity150 MW
Capacity factor38.5 %
Annual net output500 GWh
External links
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The Ormonde Wind Farm is a wind farm west of Barrow-in-Furness in the Irish Sea. The wind farm covers an area of 8.7 square kilometres (3.4 sq mi). It has a total capacity of 150 MW and is expected to produce around 500 GWh of electricity per year.[1]


Originally the Ormonde project was planned as a hybrid wind and natural gas powered electricity generation plant supplied from the Ormonde South and Ormonde North gas fields. The project was developed by Eclipse Energy. In 2008, Vattenfall bought Eclipse Energy and the project was developed as wind energy only. The project management company throughout the project has been Offshore Design Engineering.[2]


The SeaJack installation vessel, Belfast Lough, 30 May 2011 en route from Harland and Wolff

Construction started in 2010 and was completed in August 2011.[3][4] Prysmian provided submarine power cable connections including 27 km of 33 kV inter-array cables to connect the wind turbines and a 42 km of 132 kV export cable to connect the wind farm to the substation.[5] 30 turbines each with 5 MW nameplate capacity are provided by REpower and electrical works were to be carried out by Areva.[6] Steel foundations for generators were developed and designed by OWEC Tower and produced by Burntisland Fabrications.[7] Logistics and assembly services are provided by Harland and Wolff. Generators were installed by A2SEA.[8] The first four steel foundations were delivered in July 2010,[1] and were installed by a joint venture of Scaldis and Geosea BV.

The wind farm was commissioned on 22 February 2012 and is now fully operational.[9]

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  1. ^ a b Snieckus, Darius (2010-07-15). "Foundations for Vattenfall's Ormonde wind farm on the way". ReCharge. NHST Media Group. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  2. ^ http://www.ode-ltd.co.uk/projects/ormonde-wind-farm-11.html
  3. ^ Wolstenholme, Matthew (2010-05-04). "Vattenfall starts construction work on Ormonde wind farm". ReCharge. NHST Media Group. (subscription required). Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  4. ^ "Work on Ormonde Wind Farm off Barrow completed". BBC News. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  5. ^ http://www.power-technology.com/projects/ormonde-offshore-wind-farm[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ Johnson, Rachel (2009-02-26). "Work contracts awarded for Ormonde offshore wind hybrid". NewEnergyFocus.com. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  7. ^ "Burntisland bags wind job". Upstream Online. NHST Media Group. 2009-02-20. (subscription required). Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  8. ^ Stromsta, Karl-Erik (2010-06-01). "A2SEA bags contract for work on Vattenfall's Ormonde project". ReCharge. NHST Media Group. (subscription required). Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  9. ^ businessGreen news website

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