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London Array reaches full capacity

Engineers have completed commission of the 630MW London Array wind farm this week.

The 175-turbine installation was completed in December 2012. Commissioning was completed on 6 April 2013. It is being built 20km off the Kent and Essex coast on a 245sqkm site.

The project is run by a consortium made up of energy firm’s Dong and Eon as well as research and investment firm Masdar.

“This is the final major milestone of the construction phase and the culmination of more than two years’ offshore construction work which began in March 2011 with the installation of the first foundation,” said London Array project director Richard Rigg.

“It has been a complex operation but I am delighted that the commissioning of the wind farm has now been completed on schedule, despite the worst of the winter weather.”

The project will now be taken over by the operations and maintenance team, who are expected to bury the last shallow array cable in the summer.

A possible second phase to the project would add enough capacity to generate 870MW.

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