Offshore Windfarm News



"A lot has been happening behind the scenes since our last newsletter -onshore works continue, foundations are en route to the development site and our project team recently inspected the shiny new towers and nacelles which are scheduled to be installed at the end of June.  Below are 'hot of the press' photos and we intend to post construction photos and footage and regular updates on our blog as our project continues - register for newsfeeds by clicking on this link - Blog"





Happening now - foundations to be installed Friday 1st May 2015


The first two foundations are due to reach the Kentish Flats Extension development area Friday 1 May - right on schedule.  Our contractors will position the jack up vessel "The Neptune" (featured below) and commence piling early evening.  It is quite possible that you will hear some noise from shore but it is hoped that by carrying out this operation 24/7 we will be able to get the job done as quickly as possible.  The remaining foundations will be taken to the local Port of Sheerness by transportation vessel and loaded onto 'The Neptune'.




Coming up - turbines to be installed end June/beginning July


Our project team recently visited Denmark to see how our turbine components are coming along.   This happy bunch are standing in front of the nacelle which will eventually be craned onto the top of the towers. (see below left)





Cable installation - export and array cables will be loaded onto the "Bodo Installer" and "Nostag 10" respectively and will be guided into place by tug boats.  Loadout is due to commence 1 May and installation will take place during May/June.





A stable platform is required from which to carry out the foundation and turbine installation work


Jack up vessel "The Neptune" will form a stable platform by lowering its legs into the sea bed.  As mentioned above, we will complete all of the foundation/turbine installation work from this vessel.




Local support vessels


Matt and Steve Barnes are local Whitstable fishermen who  carry out guard boat duties and survey work for the Vattenfall wind farms.


Excel Marine are a Herne Bay company who worked on the existing Kentish Flats project over 10 years ago - they celebrate its anniversary by coming home to work on the extension project. We will be using their vessels for transferring crew and general support.




Onshore works continue - we are getting our ducts in a row!


We continue to install the onshore duct work which will house our onshore cables.  We will eventually pull the cabling through and join the export and onshore cabling together in the 'transition pit' which is located in Hampton Pier car park.  Unfortunately this will mean closing the car park for a while but we will ensure that emergency access is kept clear and disabled parking bays will be available.



Out and about



Vattenfall sponsored the KM Big Bike Ride for the third year running and this year 430 cyclists participated raising over £20,000 for charity.   We even managed to drag our project team away from their work for a wet, windy cycle through Kent.

Our resident local artist, Mandy Broughton, continues to add to the construction art gallery.   This drawing is of three happy workers and  we will post more of Mandy's work throughout the construction process.

We continue to work with schools in partnership with The Crown Estate, P1 Marine Foundation and Canterbury City Council's Foreshore Services.

We will reach around 800 students this year, some of whom have never or seldom visited the beach.



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Information Boards

We have provided information boards on the project which will be placed in positions along Whitstable and Herne Bay Seafront. Both boards will provide information on the project timetable and help the public identify vessels and what is happening at sea.