UK opens world's largest offshore wind farm

Monday, July 8, 2013

The United Kingdom has officially opened the London Array, the world's largest offshore wind project. 

Built by a consortium of developers including DONG Energy, utility E.ON, and Masdar, the $2.3 billion project consists of 175 Siemens 3.6-megawatt turbines with a nameplate capacity of 630 megawatts. Each turbine sports three blades with an overall diameter of 117 meters.  The project is located about 20 kilometers off London.

The project is owned by its lead developers.  DONG Energy, Denmark's largest energy company, owns 50%.  E.ON, parent of the world's largest investor-owned electric utility, owns 30%.  Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, has a 20% stake in the project.

The addition of the London Array brings the United Kingdom to about 3.3 gigawatts of installed offshore wind capacity. 

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