When completed in early autumn, the wind farm, built off the coast of Kent in the south east of the UK, will have 15 turbines at 49.5 MW, at a cost of GBP 150 million.
Matthew Green, Project Manager for the construction, said:
“We’ve made excellent progress so far. I can’t help feeling some pride in the wind farm now has started to produce low carbon power and export to the grid. Our focus is now to get the remaining turbines at Kentish Flats Extension generating green power as quickly as possible.”
Many cups of tea
The offshore construction started in May this year 8 km off Herne Bay and Whitstable on the Kent coast. Kentish Flats Extension is expected to generate enough power to meet the annual electricity demand of around 35,000 UK households ¬– or boil enough water to make 5.3 billion cups of tea.
Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall’s Wind business, said:
“Kentish Flats Extension has an excellent safety record, is on schedule and on budget. Importantly, as we grow Vattenfall’s offshore wind capacity we deploy new ideas and learn more about engineering in this challenging off-shore environment. We can see these efforts are constantly reducing the cost of offshore wind power.“
The original 90MW, 30 turbines Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm has been operated by Vattenfall since 2006.
In all, Vattenfall operates 800 MW of off-shore wind capacity, most of which in the waters off the UK.