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World's largest offshore wind farm inaugurated

Masdar-backed London Array to have capacity of 630MW.

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A wind turbine.
A wind turbine.

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The world’s largest offshore wind power plant, London Array, was inaugurated on Thursday, July 4.

The plant is owned, developed and built by a consortium consisting of Dong Energy, E.ON and Abu Dhabi-based Masdar. It consists of 175 wind turbines and has total capacity of 630 megawatts (MW), enough power to run 500,000 British homes.

London Array is located in the Thames estuary, approximately 20 kilometres off the Kent and Essex coast. Siemens supplied and installed the 175 wind turbines, each with a rotor diameter of 120 metres and a rating of 3.6 MW.

The company also supplied the grid connection with one onshore and two offshore substations in the North Sea. The electricity generated by the wind turbines is bundled at sea and transported via high-voltage submarine cables to the coast. The wind farm will be operated and maintained from a purpose-built base at Ramsgate Port.

Britainis aims to have 18 GW of wind energy by 2020, enough to meet nearly one fifth of its electricity demand.

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