Kentish Flats Extension officially inaugurated

08/06/2016 0 Comments

Vattenfall’s Kentish Flats Extension (KFE) offshore wind farm, 7km off Herne Bay and Whitstable, was officially inaugurated on Monday 6 June. The service took place on board the MV Balmoral with a blessing and ceremonial ribbon cut by Kent County Council’s Mark Dance.

The 49.5MW wind farm extension was constructed through 2014 and 2015, and was completed late last year ahead of schedule and under budget. The wind farm will be run from Vattenfall’s base at Ramsgate Harbour, where over 75 staff look after 145 turbines on the Kentish Flats and Thanet Offshore wind farms.

Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s Vice President of Business Area Wind spoke at the event, and told guests that Vattenfall is ahead on the low cost energy challenge and highlighted important innovation on Kentish Flats Extension: “The innovation we have deployed at KFE takes Vattenfall on its next step towards really competitive offshore wind.”

Groebler continued to say that solutions to engineering challenges on KFE are helping Vattenfall towards operating a competitive, low cost, world leading fleet of offshore wind farms in the next ten years. He further added that extensions to existing wind farms offered significant cost advantages and he praised The Crown Estate for its initiative to encourage these projects in 2010.

“We hope that local people around Herne Bay and Whitstable will value this new wind farm. There is an important international centre of offshore wind excellence emerging along the Kent coast, supporting the local economy, and we are happy to be part of that success story,” Groebler said.

Kent County Council and Locate in Kent received a special mention from Piers Guy, Director of Offshore Development and UK Country Manager for Vattenfall, in his closing speech in thanks for our work in promoting the offshore wind sector across Kent. is a local network, online directory and information resource developed by Kent County Council and Locate in Kent, along with Vattenfall and London Array, which supports local supply chain development and puts offshore wind farm developers in touch with local businesses.


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