Vattenfall in Kent
Kent is home to three of our offshore wind farms – Thanet, Kentish Flats and Kentish Flats Extension.
These three wind farms combined produce enough electricity annually to power more than 400,000 UK homes.
Powering UK homes
Since our first Kent Wind Farm – Kentish Flats – was built a decade ago, offshore wind has become an affordable, reliable and vital part of the UK energy system. By 2030, 30GW of offshore wind is expected to be installed in the UK. Our own pipeline of projects could power more than 4million UK homes.
Turbine technology has developed rapidly in this time, bringing down cost and boosting productivity. As a result, with just 34 turbines Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm could more than double the capacity of the existing 100 turbine Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.
Vattenfall is planning a 20MW onshore solar farm to the south of Herne Bay in Kent. This is a co-location project and if consented, will share the existing grid connection and infrastructure installed for the Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm.
We are currently progressing the development of Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm, bringing the next generation of wind energy technology to this Kent cluster.
Notices to Mariners
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Running into its sixth year, Coast Explorer is the highlight of our local engagement programme, and hundreds of students participate every year in this outdoor education scheme. Schools from the area are able to go to their local beaches and learn about their coastal environment, the impacts of climate change, and how they can help their local environment.
A local team
From our base in Ramsgate Harbour, we now have 70 people working at our wind farms in Kent. These local team members have developed and honed their skills working on our projects.
Stewart Box – Operations and Maintenance, Europe
Stewart Box has worked at Vattenfall for five years having previously worked as an Electrician. He is an ex-Hereson Secondary School pupil and joined our company as a technician. He was promoted to Service Leader two years ago and is now working on a very important harmonisation project for operations and maintenance Europe-wide. “I am so lucky working in a relatively young and forward thinking industry and never dreamt that I would have so many varied opportunities and experiences working locally – not to mention a job which could last for the lifetime of our wind farms.”
Jennifer Munns, Marine Co-ordinator
Jennifer has been working in her role for 18 months and is in charge of ensuring our vessels and staff are safe at sea and are where they should be. A former King Ethelbert’s School/Sandwich Tech student, Jen really is a local girl. Being a local sailor gives her a bit of ‘on the water’ experience too. “My job is exciting, challenging and rewarding ...for these reasons I love it!”.
Melanie Rogers is our Local Liaison Officer in the region. Throughout the year, she leads our local outreach and engagement programme – which includes sponsoring some important local events like KM Bike Ride and Broadstairs Folk Week. In addition, she is also a regular speaker to local groups and organisations to give them the opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and their local projects.