The UK government has approved an extension of up to 17 turbines to an existing near-shore wind farm off England’s north Kent coast.
Developer Vattenfall says it will begin construction in 2015 of the up to 51MW second phase of the Kentish Flats project, provided it reaches a final investment decision in favour of the plan.
A decision about which turbine model to deply has not yet been made, a Vattenfall spokesperson told Windpower Offshore. If 3MW turbines are chosen, then 17 units would be needed. The project's near-shore location might make the choice of larger models with a higher rated capacity unacceptable, due to impacts on local sea views.
The existing Kentish Flats offshore wind farm has a capacity of 90MW, powered by 30 Vestas V90 3MW turbines. It has been generating power since 2005. The second phase would cost more than £150m (€180m), according to Vattenfall, and would increase the generating capacity of the combined wind farm by up to 56.7%.
“We welcome the Secretary of State’s timely decision. Kentish Flats Extension will make a major contribution to generation from Vattenfall’s large fleet of offshore wind capacity in UK waters and help the delivery of UK climate change and renewable energy obligations,” commented Goran Loman, Vattenfall project manager.