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Wirral wind farm will ‘contribute significantly’ to region’s economy

The opening of a new offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay yesterday (17 May) has been hailed as a major economic boost for the region.

Asif Hamid, chair of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), belives DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm is key to helping Merseyside become a leading marine energy hub.

He says: “I warmly welcome the inauguration of the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm. It represents one of the largest investments into our area in recent years. Our region plays a vital role in this rapidly expanding sector and the Burbo Bank Extension will contribute significantly to the Liverpool City Region economy.

“The LEP and partners have worked closely with DONG Energy at every stage of the project and we will continue this work towards our strategic ambition of making the region the largest marine energy hub in Europe.”

The Burbo Bank Extension is the first offshore wind farm to make commercial use of the MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW wind turbines, the most powerful of their kind in the world.

Just one rotation of these turbines is capable of generating enough energy to power the average British home for 29 hours.

DONG Energy is investing heavily in the Liverpool City Region and is also building a new multi-million pound operations operations and maintenance facility at Kings Wharf in Wirral which will serve the Burbo Bank Extension and its existing Burbo Bank wind farm once complete.

Move Commercial recently caught up with Lee Rollason, head of operations at Burbo Bank, to find our more about the company’s growing presence in the North West. You can find our interview here.