Vattenfall, the Swedish state-owned European energy company, has produced first power for the National Grid from its 15 turbine extension to the Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm.
First power was generated on Saturday 29 August at 14:05 from turbine number KE02.
When fully operational in early autumn, the more than £150mn, 49.5MW extension will add to Vattenfall’s 800MW European fleet of offshore wind capacity and support Vattenfall’s drive towards the production of more sustainable energy.
Matthew Green, the Project Manager for the construction of the Kentish Flats Extension (KFE), said: “We’ve made excellent progress so far. I can’t help feeling some pride in producing low carbon power for the first time and exporting to the grid from the MHI Vestas turbines. Our focus is now to continue working safely and get the remaining 14 turbines at Kentish Flats Extension generating green power as quickly as possible.”
Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall’s Wind business, said: “Kentish Flats Extension has an excellent safety record, is on schedule and on budget. Importantly, as we grow Vattenfall’s offshore wind capacity we deploy new ideas and learn more about engineering in this challenging environment. We can see these efforts are constantly reducing the cost of offshore wind power.
“And none of this could have happened without the dedication and expertise of our Vattenfall colleagues.”
The offshore construction of KFE started in May this year 8km off Herne Bay and Whitstable on the Kent coast. The project is on course for completion in the autumn. Over a twelve month period KFE is expected to generate enough power to meet the annual electricity demand of around 35,000 UK households.
In the UK, Vattenfall operates 540MW of offshore wind capacity from three sites and has more than 3.6GW of potential capacity in its UK offshore pipeline. Vattenfall also develops, builds and operates onshore wind across the UK, including the 76 turbine, 228MW Pen y Cymoedd project in south Wales and the 56MW Ray wind farm in Northumberland, both under construction.
More information on Vattenfall’s UK wind operations can be viewed here.