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Expansion at Vattenfall’s Kentish Flats wind farm given green light  

Credit:  Marijke Cox | February 19, 2013 | www.kentnews.co.uk ~~

An offshore wind farm off the Kent coast has been given a major boost after the energy secretary gave the nod for expansion.

Vattenfall’s Kentish Flats wind farm off the coast of Herne Bay and Whitstable already boasts some 30 turbines but this latest development will allow for up to 17 more.

Construction looks set to begin in 2015 with power generation started at the end of 2015 or early 2016.

Goran Loman, Vattenfall’s project manager for Kentish Flats Extension, said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s timely decision.

“Kentish Flats Extension will make a major contribution to generation from Vattenfall’s large fleet of offshore wind capacity in UK waters and help the delivery of UK climate change and renewable energy obligations.

“The decision is good news for businesses in and around Whitstable and Herne Bay. We have already engaged with well over 100 local companies and we hope that many of them will win business from the £150 million plus investment.”

Source:  Marijke Cox | February 19, 2013 | www.kentnews.co.uk

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