Power surge: London Array wind farm off Thanet coast officially world's largest
London Array wind farm
off the Thanet coast
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
It's official - London Array has become the world's largest
operational offshore wind farm.
The milestone was reached off the Thanet coast at 17.49 on
As many as 141 of 175 3.6MW Siemens turbines are now able to
generate 507MW of energy for UK homes and businesses. The previous
title was held by Greater Gabbard, which is rated at 500MW.
The consortium behind the project hailed it as a significant
achievement for everyone involved. London Array generated its first
power last October, feeding renewable energy to an onshore site at
Graveney, and then into the National Grid.
The final turbine was installed in December 2012 and the project
is expected to be fully operational in the Spring.
A consortium comprising Danish firm DONG Energy (50%), E.ON
(30%) and Masdar (20%), is behind London Array. The first phase is
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