Press release | 2011-04-18 | 16:30 PM

Kent businesses to get an edge on offshore wind farm plans

Vattenfall, the leading European energy company, announced plans today to hold a business supplier event saying it wants to meet Kent companies keen to help build an extension to Kentish Flats Wind Farm.

The event, taking place on 6 May, 2011 at Darwin College on the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus from 10am to 1pm, will inform local businesses, business organisations and advisors of the Vattenfall procurement process, project timings and introduce key Vattenfall staff. All local firms which think they have something to offer are invited.

There will be a second supplier event in 2013 following the appointment of key contractors supplying and installing key components such as turbines, foundations and cables. It is with these contractors that most local companies could win business at around the time of the second supplier event in 2013.

Vattenfall wants to add up to 17 wind turbines to the existing 30 turbine, five-year old wind farm. It launched its community consultation in Kent at the end of January 2011 and is continuing engagement with the local community and stakeholders. A decision to consent the proposal by the Infrastructure Planning Commission is not expected until the end of 2012.

Göran Loman, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for the Kentish Flats Extension proposal, said: “We would like to encourage local businesses to come along and find out about Vattenfall’s proposals to extend Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm. Although we are not yet ready to make any commitments at this early stage we do think it’s important to give companies in the area an edge by providing information and getting them to think about how they could help to build the extension and win some business. With the construction of our Thanet Offshore Wind Farm we contracted with 70 companies and around half were local to Kent, so there should be something in it for the local economy if we get permission to build an extension to Kentish Flats.”

If any business in Kent would like to attend the supplier day they need to register their interest with:
George Oatridge, University of Kent
Email:
[email protected]
or telephone 01227 824326

It would be helpful if companies would register their interest before 1 May.

In October last year Vattenfall confirmed plans to extend Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm with a potential 51 megawatts (MW) of capacity in addition to the current 90MW. If 51MW are consented and built Vattenfall expects the extension to generate just over 150,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of green electricity every year, which is equivalent to the total annual electricity needs of up to 35,000 UK households*.
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Contact:

Jason Ormiston, Head of Media Relations in the UK, Vattenfall:
+44 (0) 7794 524 801 or e-mail:
[email protected]

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