Swedish utility Vattenfall AB announced on Monday its 49.5 MW Kentish Flats Extension (KFE) wind farm is now ready to run at full capacity.
"It’s a little over two weeks since we generated power and exported to the grid from the very first turbine; now all 15 Vestas turbines are generating low carbon power," said Matthew Green, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for the wind farm.
The offshore construction of KFE started in May this year, 8 km off Herne Bay and Whitstable on the Kent coast.
The annual output of the wind farm is expected to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of around 35,000 UK households.
In the UK, Vattenfall operates 540 MW of offshore wind capacity from three sites and has more than 3.6 GW of potential capacity in its UK offshore pipeline. Vattenfall also develops, builds and operates onshore wind across the UK, including the 76 turbine, 228 MW Pen y Cymoedd project in south Wales and the 56 MW Ray wind farm in Northumberland, both under construction.