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13 May 2009 12:05:08

Major offshore wind farm given go ahead in UK



Major offshore wind farm given go ahead in UK
Plans for the first phase of the London Array offshore wind farm have been given the green light by a consortium of energy companies.

Dong Energy, E.ON and Masdar announced that they will invest 2.2 billion euros (£2 billion) in stage one of the ambitious renewable energy scheme.

Once it is operational, London Array will have a power generation capacity of 630MW, a figure that will rise to over 1GW upon its completion.

That is enough to provide power to 750,000 homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the Greater London area by an estimated 1.9 million tonnes per year.

The announcement was made following the UK government's recent pledge to increase the amount of support it provides to academic and industrial offshore wind projects.

Wulf Bernotat, chief executive of E.ON, said: "I'm delighted that work can now get underway on the world's largest offshore wind farm.

"The start of London Array will mark a key milestone in our roadmap as we continue with our ambitious strategy to take renewables to an industrious level."

London Array, which will be built 12 miles off the coasts of Kent and Essex, is scheduled to begin operations in 2012. The first phase will consist of 175 wind turbines.

By 2015, it is intended that the wind farm will provide more than 15 percent of the UK's total electrical supply from renewable energy sources.

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