Work on biggest offshore wind farm completed
Masdar project set for full operations in Spring 2013
The team working on the London Array Offshore Wind Farm – the largest project of its type in the world – has announced that major construction activities have been completed. The 175th and last turbine at Phase One of the site has now been installed, meaning the project now boasts a capacity of 630MW.
Turbine installation by MPI Discovery, A2SEA’s Sea Worker and Sea Jack was started in January if this year. The facility has been generating power since October when the first turbine produced its first output.
The project is a joint scheme between Masdar, DONG Energy and E.ON, and is located 20km off the coast of the UK’s Kent and Essex. The first phase incorporates 175 turbines over a 245km2 site. The second phase of development will increase capacity to 870MW.
Masdar CEO, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, said of the news, “This milestone brings us a step closer to showcasing the economic, social and environmental benefits of clean energy. London Array is a testament to how collaboration, the right policies and a commitment to sustainability can advance the new energy industry. Masdar is a proud partner, and we look forward to the completion of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.”
“Today is another significant milestone for London Array and the UK as the installation of the final turbine brings us one step closer to the completion of the world’s largest offshore wind farm. We are proud to mark this achievement and I pay tribute to all involved in the construction to date. I look forward to seeing London Array’s contribution to the UK’s low carbon energy mix for many years to come,” adds E.ON UK CEO, Tony Cocker.
DONG Energy holds a 50% stake in the scheme, E.ON 30% and Masdar the remaining 20%.