The first of 160 turbines at the Gwynt y Môr wind farm in the UK has been successfully installed.

The turbine from Siemens was fitted on a monopile foundation approximately 12 kilometres off the coast of North Wales.

The installation of each 3.6 MW wind turbine – which weighs 430 tonnes and comprises two tower segments, a nacelle, a hub and three blades – will take around 24 hours, under favourable weather conditions, and all are expected to be in place and connected to the grid by 2014.

Gwynt y Môr is a €2bn ($2.5bn), 576 MW joint venture between RWE Innogy (60 per cent), Munich municipal utilities (30 per cent) and Siemens (10 per cent). First power production from the site is scheduled to begin this summer.