Thanet windfarm opensNews // September 23, 2010
Thanet is the world's largest offshore windfarm.
On 23 September Vattenfall is due to inaugurate the Thanet offshore windfarm in the UK, the world’s largest offshore windfarm.
"This is a milestone in the development of renewable energy for a sustainable society. For Vattenfall, it is a springboard to the future – both to the British market and to large-scale offshore wind power," said the company in a statement.
"Only some two years after the inauguration of the 48 turbine 110 MW Lillgrund windfarm in the Sound between Sweden and Denmark in June 2008, Vattenfall is now launching a new 100 turbine 300 MW offshore wind farm in the Channel – an investment of close to £900 million."
"This is an expression not only of the rapid technological development in offshore wind power, but also of Vattenfall’s development strategy, where the UK is seen as one of the main future markets for offshore wind power."
Thanet lies in sight of Kentish flats, another offshore wind farm owned by Vattenfall. Including Thanet, Vattenfall is producing 25 per cent of the world’s offshore wind power, a small but rapidly developing niche.
The company is building capacity and competence for the next big step – the development of the East Anglia Array, a gigantic offshore wind farm area in the North Sea off the east coast of England, granted jointly to Vattenfall and ScottishPower Renewables as part of The Crown Estate’s Round 3 offshore wind farm programme.
Early investigations suggest that East Anglia has the potential to achieve a capacity of approximately 7,200MW with 10 MW turbines.
Meanwhile Vattenfall is building the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea, which will comprise 30 5 MW turbines. The German project DanTysk, with eighty turbines, has also reached advanced status. Negotiations with suppliers for turbines and other components are going on and an investment proposal will be presented to the Board this autumn.
Vattenfall fully or partially owns and operates eight offshore windfarms: three in Sweden, one in Denmark, one in the Netherlands, two in England and one in Germany. Vattenfall’s share of their total production capacity amounts to 690 MW.