The London Array consortium, which is made up of E.ON UK, Shell WindEnergy Ltd. and CORE Ltd., recently received consent from the U.K.'s government to build the world's largest wind farm.
The consent gives the go-ahead for the offshore sections of the 1,000 MW wind farm, which, if built, will displace nearly 2 million tons of carbon dioxide a year and has a capacity to generate enough electricity to power 750,000 homes, the consortium says. The wind farm will be located off the Kent coast. The consent for the onshore substation, which is necessary to connect London Array into the national grid, remains outstanding and will now be subject to a public inquiry.
According to Andrew Murfin, a director of London Array Ltd., building the wind farm is a step toward meeting the country's goal of using 10% renewable energy by 2010.
‘I welcome the government's commitments made during the recent Energy Review to increase financial support for the offshore wind industry and reform the planning system for major energy infrastructure projects,’ Murfin adds.