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Towering surprise

The surprising sight of a wind turbine top complete with two blades floating up the River Thames in central London provided a graphic illustration that offshore wind power now lies at the heart of the UK government's energy strategy. The publicity stunt was laid on by a Danish company during the European Wind Energy Conference in London.

By the centre: The surprising sight of a wind turbine top complete with two blades floating up the River Thames in central London provided a graphic illustration in November that offshore wind power now lies at the heart of the UK government's energy strategy. The publicity stunt was laid on by A2SEA of Denmark, which provides specialist vessels and expertise for the installation of wind turbines offshore, during the European Wind Energy Conference in London. An A2SEA barge carrying the nacelle of a Vestas 3 MW turbine was tied up by Tower Bridge for the duration of the event. A2SEA recently completed installation of 30 Vestas 2 MW turbines at Scroby Sands off the east of England, the UK's second largest offshore wind station. The 60 MW plant, which cost £75 million, is owned by E.ON Renewables. Construction of the project began in late 2003, with the turbines being lifted into place in the summer. Final commissioning, now complete, was delayed by bad weather which made it impossible to land staff on the turbines.

A2SEA has also won the turbine installation contract for the Kentish Flats 90 MW offshore plant to the south of Scroby Sands. It will install 30 Vestas 3 MW machines at the site in the mouth of the River Thames.

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