London Array produces its first electricity

 London Array: The first phase is almost complete and is already supplying the first electricity. (Photo: London Array)
London Array: The first phase is almost complete and is already supplying the first electricity. (Photo: London Array)

At the end of October, the recently completed London Array, which is the world's largest offshore wind farm project to date, supplied its first electricity. On 29th October the project consortium consisting of Dong Energy, E.ON UK and Masdar, reported that 151 of the planned 175 turbines had been connected to the grid. The construction of the wind farm has been going on since March 2011. The remaining 24 wind turbines will be ready by the end of the year. The first phase of this mammoth 630 MW project will then be complete.

Benj Sykes, Wind UK Country Manager at Dong, said: "With its 630 MW the London Array project will be the first of the next generation of larger offshore wind farms and we are pleased to have achieved the first power production. Being able to efficiently develop large offshore wind farms and take advantage of economies of scale in both construction and operation is an important element in our continuous effort to bring down the cost of energy from offshore wind." Tony Cocker, CEO of E.ON UK, stated ambitious targets in this context: "We are aiming to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy by 40% by 2015." 

London Array is being built around 20 km off the coasts of Kent and Essex. The wind farm will be installed on a 245 km2 site and will be built in two phases. Phase one covers 90 km2 and includes 175 turbines with a combined capacity of 630 MW. If approved, the second phase will add enough capacity to bring the total to 870 MW.

Katharina Garus

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