Electricity has begun flowing from the 300MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm being built one kilometre off the isle coast.
Seventy-three of the 100 Vestas 3MW wind turbines have been installed so far at the site, which is being built by Swedish utility Vattenfall.
TOW will be the world’s biggest operating offshore wind farm when it is completed this year.
The project first produced power from turbine
number C08 on Sunday (May 16) in wind speeds of 10-13 metres per second.
Ole Bigum Nielsen, head of offshore projects at Vattenfall Wind Power, says the start of electricity generation marks a major milestone.
“Everyone has worked very hard and in spite of difficult winter weather we have kept to our schedule,” he said.
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