March 9, 2003 – Vol.7 No.50
WORLD WIND WATCH.
Of the eighteen offshore wind farms allocated by the Crown Estate for the waters off the U.K. five have now been approved by the government or are already in the construction stage. The latest to be approved are the Kentish Flats wind farm in the Thames Estuary about 8.5 kilometers north of Herne Bay in Kent, and the Barrow wind farm that will be built in the Irish Sea 7.5 kilometers southwest of Walney Island.
Kentish Flats, with a capacity of 90 megawatts, to be built by GREP UK Marine will be planted in the seabed in 2004. Barrow, with up to 108 megawatts, will be built by Warwick Energy and will also be constructed in 2004. Together the facilities will have 60 turbines and provide enough power for 180,000 British homes.
The other projects in these first five are Scroby Sands (60 megawatts), North Hoyle (60 megawatts), and Rhyl Flats (up to 150 megawatts).