Thanet Offshore Wind Farm ("TOW") is located approximately 12 km off Foreness Point, Margate, and the most eastern part of Kent. Originally acquired by Warwick Energy & Partners in 2004 (as part of the Crown Estate's R2 Offshore Wind tendering process), we officially acquired the project on November 10, 2008.
The wind farm has been operational since 2010 and consists of 100 Vestas V90 3MW wind turbines. TOW has a combined maximum installed capacity of 300MW. At the time of its construction it was the largest offshore wind farm in the world.
Two export cables bring the electricity to shore and come ashore at Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate. From here, they travel to a sub-station based on the site of the former Richborough Power Station.
The turbines at TOW are capable of producing enough clean energy to meet the total annual electricity needs of over 200,000 UK households.*
* Based on Department of Energy & Climate Change data 2013 for average annual UK household electricity consumption of 4.229 kWh.
Environmental Impact Assessment
An Environmental Impact Assessment was carried out to determine the effects on the local environment. The scope of the study was agreed with the appropriate government and environmental bodies.
Almost five years later, TOW is now an established operation with some of the most experienced offshore wind farm employees in the country. We continue to employ and train local people to work on the Operations and Maintenance side of the wind farm.
TOW's sister wind farm, Kentish Flats Wind Farm, is situated close by and operates out of Whitstable Harbour.
Facts about Thanet Offshore Wind Farm
|Wind turbine type (Vestas)
|Maximum installed capacity
|Distance between wind turbines
||500 and 800 m
|Wind farm site