East Anglia Offshore Windfarm begins developmentOctober 16, 2012
East Anglia Offshore Windfarm now moving forward with approval from UK government
One of the world’s largest wind energy projects has begun development and construction. The project comes from wind energy specialist IBERDROLA and its joint-venture partner Vattenfall. The two companies have been working on this particular project for several years and have recently been granted approval for the project to take root off the coast of Britain. Dubbed the East Anglia Offshore Windfarm, the project is expected to bring a massive amount of electricity to the United Kingdom once it is completed.
Contracts awarded for the building of weather monitoring stations
Contracts for weather monitoring stations have been awarded to Woods Construction, a Scottish company. The company is tasked with the building of two stations that will measure the wind speed, temperature, and air pressure of the region in which the East Anglia Offshore Windfarm will take root. The data collected by these stations will assist in the development of the project and that the wind turbines installed in the area operate efficiently. The two weather monitoring stations are expected to be completed by the end of summer next year.
Wind energy system to produce 7,200 MW of electricity
The construction of the East Anglia Offshore Windfarm is expected to begin shortly after the completion of the weather monitoring stations. When the project is completed, it is expected to generate more than 7,200 megawatts of electrical power, which will be fed into the United Kingdom energy grid. This will be the largest wind energy project the UK has ever seen and one of the largest in the world.
Project part of overarching plan from IBREDOLA
The East Anglia Offshore Windfarm is part of a larger plan from IBERDOLA. The wind energy company is currently immersed in an endeavor to install more than 11,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity throughout Northern Europe. The ambitious plan aims to help countries in this region break away from fossil-fuels and become more environmentally friendly. It could also translate into significant profits for IBERDOLA, if it is successful and finds the support it needs from Northern European governments.