An offshore substation that will be part of a 576 MW wind farm in the UK was moved into position this week.

The 1500-tonne platform was jointly built by Siemens in Manchester and shipbuilder Harland and Wolff in Belfast.

The substation, which is due to start exporting to the grid next year, was shipped from Belfast earlier this week to its location in Liverpool Bay off North Wales, where it was then lifted by crane onto a pre-installed jacket foundation.

This month also saw the commencement of the laying of foundations and subsea cables for the first of 160 wind turbines which will comprise the Gwynt y Môr wind farm, which is expected to power a third of all homes in Wales.

John Willcock, managing director of Siemens Energy Transmission UK, said: “The Gwynt y Môr project is a very key project for the UK. The substations have been designed, engineered and built here, which is a huge boost to UK manufacturing and local job creation.  It is also a great demonstration of the ongoing vibrancy of the renewables sector and its potential for the UK economy.”