Largest windfarm takes shape

The world's largest offshore wind farm - the London Array, based off the Kent coat - is nearing completion, engineers say.

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First power for windfarm

The London Array windfarm under construction Credit: E.ON

Engineers have announced that the first power had been produced at the London Array offshore windfarm.

The 630MW scheme, located in the Thames Estuary, will be the world’s largest and has been under construction since March 2011.

Developers DONG energy, E.ON and Masdar said today that 151 of the 175 turbines have been installed, with construction on schedule to be finished by the end of the year.

Together they will produce enough power to supply over 470,000 UK homes.

MP approves windfarm for prison

Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson has visited the site at HMP Standford Hill where two wind turbines will be built.

He told reporters: “If agreement can be reached for them to supply power to Sheppey’s prisons, this will reduce their energy bills and be a further saving to taxpayers.”