ABB will deploy 40 special transformers to equip wind turbines for an offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea. ABB received the order from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, located around 19 kilometers west of Walney Island off the coast of Cumbria, England.
The offshore wind farm is owned by the Danish utility DONG Energy A/S. The Walney Extension will provide additional generation potential of 660MW in addition to the existing offshore wind farm’s 367 MW. ABB has also been contracted to supply a high-voltage cable system that will bring power from the Walney Extension wind park to the mainland. The western part of this extension, for which ABB will supply the transformers, will account for half of the new capacity ie, 330 MW. The ABB transformer (9.7-megavolt ampere, 34-kilovolt) will be installed inside the turbine tower with accompanying low-voltage products.