Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm

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Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm
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Vestas V90 Wind Turbine Kentish Flats
Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm is located in England
Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm
Location of Kentish Flats Wind Farm off the coast of England
Country England, United Kingdom
Location North Sea off the coast of Kent, South East England
Coordinates 51°27′36″N 1°5′24″E / 51.46000°N 1.09000°E / 51.46000; 1.09000Coordinates: 51°27′36″N 1°5′24″E / 51.46000°N 1.09000°E / 51.46000; 1.09000
Status Operational
Commission date 2005
Owner(s) Vattenfall
Wind farm
Type Offshore
Site area 10 km2 (3.9 sq mi)
Max. water depth 3–5 m (10–16 ft)
Distance from shore 5.5 mi (8.9 km)
Hub height 70 m (230 ft)
Rotor diameter 90 m (300 ft)
Power generation
Units operational 45
Make and model Vestas V90-3MW / V112-3.3MW
Nameplate capacity 140 MW
Capacity factor 30%

The Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm is a wind farm located off the coast of Kent, England on a large, flat and shallow plateau just outside the main Thames shipping lanes. The wind farm is operated by Vattenfall.

Location[edit]

The distance from the nearest wind turbine to Whitstable is 6.2 miles (10.0 km). The nearest turbine is 5.5 miles (8.9 km) away from Herne Bay.

Installation[edit]

Turbines at Kentish Flats, Kent, England, with the WWII gun platforms visible towards the right.
Satellite image of the Thames Estuary with Kentish Flats (pre-extension) bottom left.

Construction was completed in August 2005, with commissioning and testing of all turbines completed by September 2005. The wind farm consists of 30 Vestas V90-3MW wind turbines with a total nameplate capacity of 90 MW.[1] Turbines were installed by the Danish offshore wind farms services provider A2SEA.[2] Between 2007 and 2010, the capacity factor was around 30%.[3]

Kentish Flats extension[edit]

In February 2013 Vattenfall was granted consent to extend the existing Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm.[4] 15 turbines each with a capacity of 3.3 MW were installed adding an extra 49.5 MW to the wind farm.[5] Offshore construction began in October 2014 and was operational by December 2015.[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RenewableUK. "RenewableUK - The Voice of Wind & Marine Energy". Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "A2SEA presentation" (PDF). A2SEA. Export Promotion Denmark. 2005-04-12. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  3. ^ Dunford et al. UK Renewable Energy Data, Issue 10 p69 Renewable Energy Foundation, 29 July 2010. Accessed: 30 September 2011.
  4. ^ The Planning Inspectorate. "National Infrastructure Planning". Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Energy firm Vattenfall to add 15 turbines to Kentish Flats windfarm off the coast of Whitstable and Herne Bay costing £165m". Kent Online. 10 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Tim Yates. "RenewableUK - UK Wind Energy Database (UKWED)". Retrieved 11 December 2015. 

External links[edit]

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