Vattenfall has just finished the last of five local public events which invited people to come and find out more about the project and share their views. Alongside these sessions there is the opportunity to take part in an online survey and give feedback on plans for the extension.
"The feedback we received at the events is invaluable as we start to shape our plans, to make sure we understand the key local issues," says Rahel Jones, Communication Renewables, stressing that the project still is at a very early stage.
World’s largest in 2010
Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, situated about 12 kilometers off the most eastern part of Kent in the south-east of England, has been operational since 2010. It comprises 100 Vestas V90 3MW turbines, and at the time of construction was the world's largest offshore wind farm. An extension would offer a low-cost, feasible solution to delivering more clean energy in the UK, according to Vattenfall.
"Using the latest turbine technology and taller turbines, the extension could more than double Thanet’s energy generating capacity, by adding only 34 additional turbines," says Rahel Jones,
"We think Thanet Extension could be an important contributor in bringing down the overall cost of energy for UK consumers, and provide additional benefits to the local economy and community. Work will be done to ensure existing supply chains established in relation to Vattenfall’s operational Kent cluster of offshore wind farms stay up to date and at the forefront of the industry," says Helen Jameson, Project Director.
If the project develops according to plan, Vattenfall will apply for a building permit during next year, 2018. If the application is accepted, construction could start in late 2020 to be completed by end of 2021.
Details for Thanet Extension
Maximum number of turbines: 34
Maximum turbine height: 210 m
Maximum hub height: 125 m
Maximum rotor diameter: 180 m
Expected turbine capacity: 8-10 MW