Vattenfall commissions Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off English coast

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London, September 29, 2010 — Vattenfall officially opened the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, off England’s southeast coast. The wind farm has 100 turbines and will generate electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of over 200,000 British households.

The construction of the 300 MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm has taken just over two years and the wind farm is expected to operate for at least 25 years.

Between 2009 and 2011, Vattenfall plans to double its wind power electricity generation, constructing nine wind farms in six countries to supply electricity equivalent to the demand of 800,000 households annually.

Thanet is so far the company’s largest offshore wind farm and a significant investment in renewable energy generation. The electricity generated from the English Channel winds will constitute an increase of green energy in the U.K. and a considerable contribution to Vattenfall’s efforts to decrease the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from its electricity generation.

The opening ceremony took place at sea with the CEO and President of Vattenfall, Oystein Loseth, and the British Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP, among the participants and the 100 wind power turbines as a backdrop.

“With Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, Vattenfall has taken a major step towards doubling its generation from wind power until 2011 and we continue to lead the way in offshore wind development. Wind power will be a corner stone of delivering both profitability and sustainability for Vattenfall in the years to come,” says Oystein Loseth, adding, “This project would not have been possible without the British Government’s active support and its commitment to renewable energy.”

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