Matthew Green – Vattenfall Kent Coast Windfarms

Vattenfall, the European energy company, owns the Kentish Flats Wind Farm just off the coast of Whitstable and Herne Bay. A small group of technicians who look after that operation are based in Whitstable Harbour

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Vattenfall also own the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm further along the coast, one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world. Project Manager Matthew Green, a specialist in Offshore Construction, spoke about the schemes

Matthew Green

Matthew Green

Each wind turbine has a design life of 20 years, and regular service checks make sure repairs are carried out with the minimum disruption.  The electricity is brought ashore by 4 cables buried in the mud, delivering energy that is green but expensive at the moment. Matthew stressed that it’s an investment for the future, in fact they have just agreed a plan to add a further 17 turbines to the area

Vattenfall are also involved in investigating other forms of “green energy” such as hydro & offshore tidal projects. For more information on Vattenfall and the Kentish Flats Wind Farm, take a look at their website: www.vattenfall.co.uk