Vattenfall to Build 300 MW, £780M Offshore Wind Farm in Kent, UK

kentish flats wind farm photo

Most of the time these photos are merely representative of type of project written about, but this really is the Kentish Flats wind farm, which Vattenfall operates. Photo: Phil Hollmann.

Swedish firm Vattenfall, which already operates the 90 MW Kentish Flats offshore wind farm, has announced that it has paid £35 million ($53.8 million) for the rights to develop the Thanet Offshore Wind Project, off Margate, Kent. Total costs for the project, which is expected to be completed in 2010, are expected to be about £780 million ($1.2 billion).

Of investing in Britain, Anders Dahl, head of Vattenfall’s wind power division reiterated the essence of what previous studies have already said,

Great Britain is ideal for wind power with good wind conditions and a long coastline. We are looking forward to realizing the project and have a wind farm in place by 2010.

UK Leads in Offshore Wind Power Development
Offshore wind power has been growing steadily in the UK; last month it was announced that the nation overtook Denmark as the world’s number one offshore wind power producer. Furthering that growth is the Crown Estate putting up half of pre-construction development costs for selected projects in areas under its jurisdiction. Then there’s the London Array, which despite some setbacks recently got a boost from the UAE’s Masdar buying a stake in the project.

More at: Vattenfall.

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