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The largest offshore wind farm on the planet opens

The world’s largest operational offshore wind farm will officially open on Thursday.

Located in the Irish Sea, the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm has a total capacity of 659 megawatts and is capable of powering nearly 600,000 homes in the U.K, Danish energy business Orsted said Thursday.

The scale of the facility, Orsted’s eleventh operational offshore wind farm in the U.K., is considerable. It has 87 turbines – 47 MHI Vestas turbines and 40 Siemens Gamesa turbines – and covers an area equal to around 20,000 soccer pitches. Orsted owns 50 percent of the project, with Danish pension funds PFA and PKA owning 25 percent each.

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