The farm employs 88 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.6 MW alongside two 900-tonne offshore substations.

Statoil and Statkraft joint-venture Scira Offshore Energy began the construction of the project in 2009.

Statoil’s president and CEO Helge Lund remarked that the project was completed with the considerable cooperation from Statkraft, the UK authorities, local communities and suppliers.

"I am proud to say that as a result of this joint effort, we are now able to provide 220 000 UK homes with green power for decades to come," Lund said.

Statkraft’s president and CEO Christian Rynning-T√łnnesen commented, "The electricity produced makes a significant contribution to the ambitious UK plan to increase the level of renewables, and creates local jobs and growth opportunities."

UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey added, "Investment in the UK’s energy mix needs to come from increasingly new and diverse sources, and this project is an excellent example of that."