Construction started late on Saturday 2 May with the piling of foundations for the 15-turbine scheme 8km off the coast of Kent. All wind turbines are expected to be deployed this summer with first power from the 49.5MW scheme expected later in the year.
When operational the Kentish Flats Extension wind farm will be capable of generating enough power in an average year to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of 35,000 UK households.
Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall’s Business Area Wind, said: “Vattenfall is committed to growing its offshore wind capacity in Europe’s northern seas. Dan Tysk is now fully operational, we have started building Kentish Flats Extension and shortly another German scheme Sandbank will get going. More will follow, including the Danish Horns Rev 3, as Vattenfall’s healthy wind energy pipeline drives growth in the production of sustainable energy.”
Carrying the flag
Piers Guy, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager, said: “We’re proud to be the only developer starting to build offshore this year in UK waters. It’s important the UK pipeline keeps delivering – and Kentish Flats Extension does that in a modest way - so that British suppliers can maintain a foothold in the sector and help capture the significant economic opportunities that go with it.”
Vattenfall invests more than £150mn in the project. The 15 new 3.3MW Vestas turbines will be added to the existing 30 at Kentish Flats.
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