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Dong Energy installs wind turbines taller than the London Eye

Burbo Bank
Burbo Bank

Dong Energy has installed the first of the world’s largest wind turbines taller than the London Eye at its windfarm off the coast of Britain.

The company has begun the work at its Burbo Bank windfarm in the Irish Sea.

The 32 turbines, made by Vestas, will be able to each generate 8 megawatts of electricity.

They stand 195 metres tall from sea level and have a rotor diameter of 164 metres.

Dong’s UK country manager, Benj Sykes, said: “This will be the first commercial deployment of the world’s largest wind turbines.

“Using larger turbines is a critical part of the industry’s drive in getting costs down.

“Each turbine needs foundations, cable to an onshore substain and maintenance, so the more megawatts you can generate from each turbine, the lower the overall cost per MW.”

Combined, the 32 turbines will create enough electricity to power around 230,000 homes.

The largest turbines currently installed, at Dong’s Westermost Rough windfarm off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea, have a 6MW capacity and are around 177 metres tall.

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