£150 million Wind Farm Extension to Commence off Kent's Coast
Posted on: 05/05/2015

Vattenfall, a Swedish energy company, has started the works on a £150million wind farm extension off the coast of Kent.

The installation of 15 new turbines will commence just 8km off the coast of Herne Bay and Whitstable, joining a farm of 30-turbines which has been in operation since 2005.

Once the extension has been completed the renewable energy site will be capable of generating enough electricity to provide power to more than 35,000 homes a year.

Project director Matthew Green said: “A number of large vessels will be offshore Herne Bay and Whitstable this summer as we add 15 turbines to the existing 30 at Kentish Flats.

“We hope local people will be able to follow the construction and take a great interest in what is a challenging and complex engineering exercise.

“It doesn’t get much tougher than this: piling foundations 30 metres into the seabed; installing 139.6 metre tall turbines weighing 600 tonnes over 8km off the coast; and, completing on schedule and to budget with, most importantly, maximum emphasis on safety.”

The manager of Vattenfall, Piers Guy also commented: “it’s important the UK pipeline keeps delivering- and Kentish Flats Extension does that in a modest way- so that British suppliers can maintain a foothold in the sector and help capture the significant economic opportunities that go with it.”

Extensions and projects like this are excellent in providing diversity to the UK’s energy mix, and helping to provide a green future for the UK.

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