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Masdar CEO hails significance of London Array

Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber says inauguration a "milestone" for renewables.

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A sea level view of the London Array.
A sea level view of the London Array.

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Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, has welcomed the inauguration of the world's largest offshore wind farm as a “historic milestone” for renewable energy.

London Array, in which Masdar holds a 20% stake, is located in the UK’s Outer Thames Estuary. It consists of 175 turbines capable of generating 630MW of power, enough to supply around 500,000 UK homes with electricity each year.

“This inauguration is a  historic milestone for the United Kingdom and the development of renewable energy,” said Al Jaber at last Thursday’s inauguration ceremony.

“Projects like London Array demonstrate the economic opportunity of large-scale renewable energy projects – from the direct investment they attract to the industries they strengthen.”
 
Construction work on London Array began in July 2009 with a new onshore substation on the north Kent coast to flow the energy generated by London Array straight into the national grid.

Offshore, the first foundation was installed in March 2011; the 175th and final Siemens 3.6MW turbine was installed on time in December 2012.

More than 75 organisations have helped to build London Array with around 6,700 individuals involved.

The turbines cover an area of approximately 100km2.

DONG Energy owns 50% of London Array, E.ON has 30% and Masdar has a 20% stake.

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