It has been confirmed that the extension to the Kentish Flats offshore wind farm will start on 1 May 2015, subject to weather conditions.
The export and array cables for the site will be loaded onto two vessels in Germany on 1 May. The cables will then be installed alongside the existing cables of Kentish Flats wind farm and will come ashore near to Hampton Pier, Herne Bay.
The Kentish Flats wind farm is located approximately 8.5km off the coast of Herne Bay and Whitstable in Kent, and has been operational since 2005. It currently consists of 30 Vestas 3MW wind turbines, which in 2014 produced almost 250million kWh, which is equivalent to the total annual electricity needs of just under 60,000 UK households.
The wind farm is owned by Vattenfall, a Swedish energy company, who also own Thanet Offshore which is located off the coast of Margate. In February 2013, Vattenfall were granted consent to extend the existing wind farm by a further 15 turbines, covering almost 8km2.
GeoSea’s offshore wind installation vessel Neptune will be carrying out the installation of foundations and wind turbines on behalf of Vattenfall, approximately 8.5 to 13 km north of Herne Bay and Whitstable. Neptune will be assisted by two tug vessels, Norne and Sea Echo.
It is hoped that work will be completed at the end of August, depending on the weather and favourable sea conditions.
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