Kentish Flats Offshore Wind FarmKentish Flats Extension
In May 2010, Vattenfall was offered the opportunity to extend Kentish Flats Wind Farm by The Crown Estate. The Crown Estate leases the seabed to wind farm developers on behalf of the UK Government.
Vattenfall assessed the feasibility of the project and decided to seek consent from the Planning Inspectorate (formerly IPC) to extend the existing Kentish Flats Wind Farm.
Vattenfall then began extensive discussions and consultation with the local community, local authorities and statutory consultees
Due to the size of the infrastructure, the application was considered by the National Planning Inspectorate. Public hearings took place in May last year and, after consideration, the Inspector submitted his recommendation to the Secretary of State. On 19 February 2013 Vattenfall was granted consent to extend the 30-turbine scheme by up to 17 turbines. (For a full digital recording of the public hearings and the application process, please log on to the link below)
Infrastructure planning - Kentish Flats extension (new window)
The construction timetable is now in place and Vattenfall will commence onshore works in Autumn 2014. A public consultation will be held in 2014 with local residents and regular updates provided.
The development itself will consist of 15 3.3 Megawatt turbines which will provide an additional maximum installed capacity of up to 49.5MW. Offshore works will commence mid-2015.
This means that the extension itself will be capable of generating up to 173,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean electricity every year, which is equivalent to the total annual electricity needs of up to 42,196 UK households*. The extension will be constructed more than 7km from shore and will cover nearly 8 sq km.
The existing Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm has been generating clean electricity since 2005. Find out more about this project by visiting:
Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm
*Based on Department of Energy & Climate Change data for average annual UK household electricity consumption of 4,266 kilowatt hours.
The Kentish Flats Extension project team have almost completed the procurement phase of their project.
Vattenfall are committed to ensuring that their approach to project procurement and investment supports local businesses to enter and prosper in renewable energy and the green jobs sector. Vattenfall has asked that all contractors involved with the project maximise the use of local contractors and seek to engage wherever possible. Vattenfall is committed to engaging with skilled and expert local companies in the development of the project.