What’s with the qualifier? If built as planned the new project will sport 240 wind turbines. That tops the London Array, which is the current global offshore record holder.
World’s Largest Offshore Wind FarmThe new East Anglia offshore wind farm project was announced by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change earlier this week.
While that agency bills it as a 240-turbine project, if you check out the project information at the UK’s National Infrastructure Planning Portal it’s even more impressive.
As of this writing, the plans call for up to 325 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 1200 megawatts, located about 43 kilometers off the coast of Suffolk. It will cover an area of about 300 km.
In addition to the turbines, the project includes offshore collector and converter stations, up to four 73-kilometer seabed cables, and whatever else is needed for a National Grid connection at the Bramford Substation.
At Bramford the plans actually call for up to eight onshore cable ducts, although only four are needed for East Anglia One.
That’s because, as the name of the project suggests, this is just the beginning.
More And More Offshore Wind PowerThe developer of East Anglia One is a joint venture between the energy developer Scottish Power Renewables (Part of Iberdrola Group) and Sweden’s Vattenfall Wind Power state-owned utility company.
Under the moniker East Anglia Offshore Wind Limited, the venture has the rights to develop about 7,200 MW in offshore wind farm capacity in the East Anglia zone.
Space has already been staked out for more offshore wind farms, namely East Anglia Three and Four. We’re not sure what happened to Two but the company is aiming at a total of six wind farms.