Vattenfall has today awarded preferred supplier status to Vestas to supply between 10 and 17 wind turbines for its proposed Kentish Flats Extension, located in the Outer Thames Estuary.
The European energy company recently applied for a development consent order to the Infrastructure Planning Commission for an extension to the existing 30-turbine Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm.
A final decision on whether the project is going to be approved is expected in 2013. If Vattenfall receives permission to build an extension to Kentish Flats it plans to purchase the Vestas V112 3.0 megawatt (MW) wind turbine generator.
Whilst preferred supplier status puts Vestas in pole position for the key turbine contract the deal has not yet been completed. Göran Loman, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for the proposal to extend Kentish Flats, said: "We are pleased to have been able to agree preferred supplier status with Vestas and look forward to again joining forces with them and benefitting further from their extensive offshore wind experience. Obviously for wind farms the turbine is the key component and getting to this stage is a good bit of work."
The existing Kentish Flats Wind Farm currently uses 30 Vestas V90-3.0MW wind turbines and has been generating clean, green electricity since 2005.