The UK’s wind power industry has restated its pledge to drive down the cost of energy, as it pushed the button on the last of the 175 turbines at the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
The London Array project, jointly owned by Dong Energy, Masdar and EON, yesterday annouced that the first 630MW phase of the project in the Thames estuary is now fully operational.
“This is the final major milestone of the construction phase and the culmination of more than two years’ offshore construction work which began in March 2011 with the installation of the first foundation,” said London Array project director Richard Rigg.
The annoucement comes just six months after London Array powered up the first Siemens 3.6MW turbine at the site. The development team will now spend the next few months finalising the development, including work to bury a number of shallow array cables.
“It has been a complex operation but I am delighted that the commissioning of the wind farm has now been completed on schedule, despite the worst of the winter weather,” added Rigg.
Benj Sykes, UK manager for DONG Energy’s wind business, said the completion of the project was a major achievement, adding that the company was now determined to use the lessons gained from the London Array to reduce the cost of future projects.