“London Errey” – the world’s largest offshore wind power plant. Its construction – an important milestone in the development of wind energy. The project confirms the leadership of “Siemens” in this growing market “, – said at the opening ceremony in the town of Margaret in the UK President of the” Siemens AG “Peter Loescher. The offshore wind farm “London Errey” is located at the mouth of the Thames, about 20 kilometers off the coast of Kent and Essex.
The company “Siemens” supplied and installed 175 wind turbines with a rotor diameter of 120 meters and a capacity of 3.6 MW. In addition, the company has provided a connection to the network substations – one ground and two offshore, located in the North Sea. Wind power plant will be operated and maintained by the staff base, especially for this built in the port of Ramsgate.
“Projects of this scale contribute to the further industrialization of complex production processes and logistics support offshore wind farms”, – said Peter Löscher. In the course of the project “London Errey” the company “Siemens” was able to advance further towards the standardization of production processes, including manufacturing, transportation, and also their service at sea.
Marine wind energy already plays an important role in energy systems in Northern Europe. Her biggest markets – the UK and Germany – large-scale development plans.
The two countries plan to quickly and intensively expand offshore wind energy sector. In Germany, a successful change of course in the energy sector, satisfying the future needs, is only possible if the growth of offshore wind. The German government is planning that by 2020 the installed capacity of wind farms to 10 gigawatts (GW). UK – to 18 GW. That’s enough to meet almost one-fifth of the total electricity demand, the country offers.
“Siemens’ market leader in offshore wind power, network connectivity and maintenance of offshore wind turbines. The company has already set in a sea of more than 1,100 wind turbines with a total capacity of 3.4 GW. More than a third of them are located in the UK. The company “Siemens” carried out in the UK five connections to the grid, including “London Errey.”