Prime Minister says inauguration of world’s largest offshore wind farm represents a great day for Britain

July 5th, 2013 by RenewableUK

 (L – R) Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, with Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Peter Löscher, CEO, Siemens AG, Brent Cheshire, UK Country Chairman, DONG Energy, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Dr Johannes Teyssen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, E.ON, H.E Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber UAE Minister of State and CEO of Masdar, Laura Sandys, Member of Parliament, Thanet South and Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change at the inauguration of the London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the outer reaches of the Thames Estuary, off the coast of the United Kingdom. (click image to expand - image courtesy of, and ©London Array Ltd)

(L – R) Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Peter Löscher, CEO, Siemens AG; Brent Cheshire of DONG Energy; UK Prime Minister David Cameron; Dr Johannes Teyssen of E.ON; H.E Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and CEO of Masdar; Laura Sandys, MP for Thanet South; and Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change at the inauguration of the London Array on 4 July 2013 (click image to expand – image courtesy of, and ©London Array Ltd)

RenewableUK welcomed the ringing endorsement of offshore wind energy by the Prime Minister David Cameron.

David Cameron paid tribute to the UK’s offshore wind industry while speaking at the official opening of London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

“This is a great day for Britain and a big win for renewable energy,” he said.

London Array shows you can build large scale renewable energy projects right here in Britain,” Mr Cameron said.

“This is because when it comes to clean energy, the UK has one of the clearest investment climates globally.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at the official inauguration of the London Array - the world's largest offshore wind farm (click image to expand - image courtesy of, and ©London Array Ltd.)

UK Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at the official inauguration of the London Array – the world’s largest offshore wind farm (click image to expand – image courtesy of, and ©London Array Ltd.)

London Array, situated in the outer Thames Estuary, 20 km from the coasts of Kent and Essex, went fully operational in April 2013, with all 175 turbines generating clean electricity.

The 630 megawatt project has the capacity to power nearly half a million homes – equivalent to two-thirds of the homes in Kent, saving 900,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, speaking at the opening, said “the Prime Minister’s ringing endorsement of Britain’s offshore wind industry is a real boost for the entire renewable energy sector, which is a key growth area for the British economy.”

“London Array is a magnificent feat of green engineering in a field in which Britain is the global leader, as we have more offshore wind capacity installed than the rest of the world put together,” she said.

“We’re about to witness a massive expansion in the number of people we employ in the wind industry onshore and offshore, from about 12,000 now to 76,000 by the dawn of the next decade, as long as the UK Government remains supportive – today Mr Cameron has assured us that it will.”

“Such a strong signal from the very top of our political establishment will help to put an end to the siren calls from the naysayers who’ve failed to appreciate the scale of the opportunity Britain has here.”

“We need to maintain our pole position in offshore wind energy to reap the full economic and environmental benefits,” she said.

London Array is just one of a number of landmark British offshore wind projects.

At the end of March 2013, the 75th and final turbine was installed at Lincs offshore wind farm.

The 270MW project off the coast of Skegness has the capacity to power more than 200,000 homes.

Other massive projects are also coming to fruition in UK waters, such as Teesside, Gwynt y Mor off the coast of North Wales, and West Of Duddon Sands off the north west coast of England.

At Gunfleet Sands, off the Essex coast, the next generation of even more powerful offshore turbines is being tested in the water for the first time anywhere in the world.

 

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