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Kentish Flats Extension Reaches Full Power

Swedish power company Vattenfall announced over the weekend that the Kentish Flats Extension wind farm is now generating at full capacity.

Vattenfall-2Vattenfall announced earlier this month that the Kentish Flats Extension had begun generating electricity for the first time on August 29, at 14:05, from turbine number KE02. Fast forward to just before 17:00 on September 12, and Vattenfall was proud to announce that the Kentish Flats Extension burst “into life at almost maximum installed capacity.”

The original Kentish Flats offshore wind farm was completed in 2005, and is made up of 30 Vestas 3 MW turbines creating a combined capacity of 90 MW. The Kentish Flats Extension has added an additional 49.5 MW, and gone from construction to generating power in around four months.

Vattenfall now plans to carry out a series of tests on the 15 new 3.3 MW wind turbines for a set period of time, before finally handing them over to the new Vattenfall Operations and Maintenance team.

Vattenfall-3Vattenfall also made note in its accompanying press release of the sad departure of the BoDo installer which set sail for Germany mid-afternoon on Saturday (seen right).

“Kentish Flats Extension has an excellent safety record, is on schedule and on budget,” said Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall’s Wind business, earlier this month. “Importantly, as we grow Vattenfall’s offshore wind capacity we deploy new ideas and learn more about engineering in this challenging environment. We can see these efforts are constantly reducing the cost of offshore wind power.”

With the completion of the Kentish Flats Extension, Vattenfall now brings its European offshore wind power capacity up to 800 MW.

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