Boost for Vattenfall's Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm
A wind farm off the Kent coast is set for a major boost after
expansion plans were given the thumbs-up by the government.
Vattenfall's Kentish Flats offshore wind farm already plays host
to 30 turbines.
Now energy secretary Edward Davey has given permission for the
firm to expand operations, with up to 17 more turbines.
The wind farm - off the coast between Herne Bay and Whitstable -
has been running since 2005.
It has been capable of providing enough energy to power around
The extension - which could boost capacity by up to 50% - will
mean the site will be able to provide enough electricity to power
around 96,000 homes.
Speaking today, Mr Davey said: “As well as providing large
amounts of clean energy, offshore wind will support jobs and
generate major investment up and down the country.
“Vattenfall’s decision to extend an existing project reflects
the ongoing attractiveness of the UK as a place to do business in
Kentish Flats was one of the first offshore wind farms to be
built in the UK.
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