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United Kingdom

London Array 630MW first stage completed

UK: The world's largest offshore wind farm to date has been completed, with all 175 Siemens 3.6MW installed and feeding electricity into the UK grid.

London Array turbines being installed in the Thames estuary
London Array turbines being installed in the Thames estuary

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The project's final turbine came online last weekend, little more than two years after the first monopile foundation was installed in March 2011.

Located in the outer Thames Estuary, the 630MW London Array project has been built at a faster rate than many earlier and/or smaller offshore wind projects. The wind farm is owned by Dong Energy (50%), E.on (30%) and Masdar (20%).

The final construction work will be completed this summer, when the construction team will formally hand over responsibility for the 90-square-kilometre phase-one site to a long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) team, based in Ramsgate on the Kent coast.

An application for a second 240MW phase was submitted to the UK planning inspectorate last autumn.

Construction of London Array has been used by Dong and its key supplier, turbine manufacturer Siemens Energy, as a testing bed for new techniques aimed at industrialising offshore wind installation and lowering its costs.

Go to Windpower Offshore for a longer version of this story.

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