Offshore wind farm Kentish Flats Extension officially begins operating

Thursday, 9 June, 2016 - 12:30
On June 6, Vattenfall officially put the offshore wind farm Kentish Flats Extension in the UK into operation. (Photo: Vattenfall)
On June 6, Vattenfall officially put the offshore wind farm Kentish Flats Extension in the UK into operation. (Photo: Vattenfall)

Vattenfall has officially inaugurated the offshore wind farm Kentish Flats Extension (KFE) in the mouth of the Thames eight kilometers from the coast of Whitstable.

Kentish Flats Extension has an installed capacity of 49.5 MW. The wind farm is equipped with fifteen MHI Vestas turbines each with a capacity of 3.3 MW, which were installed in 2015. KFE is the extension of the 90-MW offshore wind farm Kentish Flats, which is now eleven years old.

At the official inauguration, the head of Vattenfall's wind division Gunnar Groebler said: "Although Kentish Flats Extension is a relatively small project, it boasts a number of innovations. Highlights include new types of foundations, a faster and more reliable method of installing the turbines and longer rotor blades. Kentish Flats Extension is a good example of how we can use our expertise to reduce the cost of offshore technology even further. Generally speaking, we see significant potential for further cost savings in this industry through the expansion of existing offshore wind farms."

Silke Funke / Vattenfall

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