An offshore wind farm in Kent has generated power for the first time.
Swedish firm Vattenfall’s 15-turbine extension to the Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm produced power for the National Grid on Saturday 29th August.
When it is fully operational in early autumn, the more than £150 million extension will add 49.5MW to the firm’s 800MW European portfolio – enough to power around 35,000 homes a year.
Matthew Green, the Project Manager for the construction of the Kentish Flats Extension (KFE), said: “We’ve made excellent progress so far.
“I can’t help feeling some pride in producing low carbon power for the first time and exporting to the grid from the MHI Vestas turbines.
“Our focus is now to continue working safely and get the remaining 14 turbines at Kentish Flats Extension generating green power as quickly as possible.”
The offshore construction of KFE started earlier this year 8km from Herne Bay and Whitstable on the Kent coast.