With the Kentish Flats Extension, Vattenfall was the only company to commence an offshore wind power project in the UK in 2015. It consists of 15 3.3MW Vestasturbines erected seven kilometres off the Kent coast, next to the Kentish Flats offshore wind farm which has 30 3MW turbines.
The official inauguration of the wind farm took place on 6 June. Speaking
before the inauguration, Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s Head of Business Area Wind, said:
“The Kentish Flats Extension is an important addition to our European fleet of offshore wind farms. The innovation we have deployed here takes Vattenfall on its next step towards really competitive offshore wind.”
He added: “We strongly believe that extensions also build and strengthen the existing local skills base and develop and sustain existing supply chains, helping to ensure that places like Kent stay at the forefront of the offshore wind industry.”
21% of UK’s renewable electricity
The 49.5MW Kentish Flats Extension will generate enough electricity to supply around 35,000 average British households with renewable energy.
Vattenfall’s three wind farms off the Kent coast are made up of 145 turbines. This includes the Kentish Flats Extension and the eleven-year-old 90MW Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm as well as the 300MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.
The seas off Kent are now home to a 1,074MW offshore wind cluster, 21% of UK capacity.
Major wind power projects
Vattenfall is currently completing the offshore wind farm Sandbank which will be made up of 72 4MW Siemensturbines in German waters in the North Sea and onshorePen y Comoedd in Wales with 76 turbines.
Vattenfall has also started planning for the offshore wind farm Norfolk Vanguard with a capacity of 1.8GW.
Vattenfall’s Board of Directors also gave the go-aheadrecently to begin the erection of the Danish offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3. When it comes into operation in 2018 it will consist of 49 8MW turbines.
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