Construction has finished on DONG Energy’s new offshore wind farm Operations & Maintenance (O&M) base on the bank of the Mersey. The keys were officially handed over yestersay (3rd August) and after the team has spent some time has settling in, DONG Energy will hold a celebratory event later in the year. The multi-million pound facility at Kings Wharf, Seacombe will serve both the Burbo Bank and the Burbo Bank Extension projects, the latter of which opened in May this year. Combined, the wind farms have enough capacity to power over 310,000 homes each year. Around 75 people were employed during the construction phase of the Burbo Bank Extension, which began in August 2016, and once fully operational around 45 people will be permanently based at the site. The brand new two-storey building will be used for the storage of materials and equipment required for the ongoing maintenance of the wind farms, as well as office facilities and parking for staff. A new ladder on the quay wall will enable boats to “push on” directly, allowing easy access for technicians to board. The area in front of the facility has also been restored, including new benches and granite paving, as part of DONG Energy and Robertson North Wests commitments to the local community. Lee Rollason, head of Burbo Bank operations, said: “Having operated out of Liverpool for over ten years DONG Energy is committed to investing in the North and this state of the art facility is another example of that. To have both our windfarms operating from here makes complete sense in terms of efficiencies and the site has excellent access offshore. We are proud to be operating from an important docklands location. “As a local resident, I’m certainly pleased with the part we’ve had to play in regenerating this area. We’ve spent around £100,000 on the public pathway in front of the facility and it’s great to see the community using this space already and receive positive comments from people appreciating this beautiful view of the Mersey.” Representatives from Robertson visited local schools and career fairs, and to celebrate the changing landscape both companies worked with Fine Art students from Wirral Metropolitan College and lecturers from LJMU to design a hoarding which was displayed on the banks of the Mersey containing poetic quotes from the students about how they feel about the changing horizons of the Mersey and the Wirral. With a capacity of 254.2MW, the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm is expected to be capable of meeting the electricity demand of 230,000 homes. It is the first offshore wind farm in the world to make commercial use of the MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW wind turbines. The last of the turbines at the project in Liverpool Bay were installed at 8:25PM (GMT) on the 14th December 2016. Turbine installation was completed within three months and was carried out by A2SEAs SEA INSTALLER which collected components from the pre-assembly site at Belfast Harbour. The wind farm is located next door to the existing and operational Burbo Bank project which itself was, at the time, the first project to use the Siemens 3.6MW turbines. For more information please follow the links provided.