London Array officially world’s largest wind farm

Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 - 15:00

The project, jointly owned by Dong Energy, Masdar and E.ON, announced that the first 630 MW phase of the offshore wind farm in the Thames estuary is completed. With all 175 turbines now fully operational, the project is setting the new world record for the largest wind farm, according to the World Record Academy.

Phase one of London Array covers a 90 km2 area and has a combined capacity of 630 MW, enough to power half a million homes. It is the culmination of more than two years of offshore construction work by the joint owners. It will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 900,000 tonnes a year.
“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.

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. “As we now look to our pipeline of future projects, Dong Energy is determined to drive down the costs of our offshore wind farms to € 100 per megawatt hour for projects we'll be sanctioning in 2020,” he said.

Katharina Garus

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