The wind farm has been generating energy since October 2012 when the first turbine began producing power. With all turbines in place and 55 connected and supplying power to the national grid, the wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational in Spring 2013.
Benj Sykes, DONG Energy’s UK head of wind business, says, “Having the final turbine installed is another landmark in this flagship project for the UK and for DONG Energy. The London Array will soon be the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world – building offshore wind farms of this size and larger in the future allows us to harvest the advantages of scale and is an important element of our strategy to drive down the cost of energy.”
E.ON UK chief executive officer Tony Cocker, calls the completion of phase one “another significant milestone for London Array and the UK as the installation of the final turbine brings us one step closer to the completion of the world’s largest offshore wind farm. We are proud to mark this achievement and I pay tribute to all involved in the construction to date. I look forward to seeing London Array’s contribution to the UK’s low carbon energy mix for many years to come.”
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Masdar CEO, adds: “This milestone brings us a step closer to showcasing the economic, social and environmental benefits of clean energy. London Array is a testament to how collaboration, the right policies and a commitment to sustainability can advance the new energy industry. Masdar is a proud partner, and we look forward to the completion of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.”
London Array is being built off the coasts of Kent and Essex. The wind farm will be installed on a 245 sq. km site and will be built in two phases. According to E.ON, “Phase One covers an area of 90km2 and includes 175 turbines with a combined capacity of 630MW. If approved, the second phase will add enough capacity to bring the total to 870MW.”
DONG Energy owns 50 percent, E.ON and Masdar have 30 and 20 percent stakes respectively.