At the time of its construction, The Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm set a dual record. The 30-turbine project used 115 metre high wind turbines which were the largest installed in the UK. The wind farm was also, at that time, the largest in the UK with a capacity of 90 MW. Of course Thanet Offshore Wind Farm was completed in 2010 stealing the title of not only being the largest wind farm in the UK but also the largest wind farm in the world at that time. All 100 turbines at Thanet measure the same height as those at Kentish Flats.
Kent is home to three of our operational offshore wind farms – Thanet, Kentish Flats and Kentish Flats Extension. These three wind farms combined produce enough electricity annually to power more than 400,000 UK homes.
The site for the Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm is a large, flat and shallow plateau north of Herne Bay and Whitstable, approximately 60 kilometres east of central London. The wind farm is arranged in a regular grid of five rows in an east-west orientation. Each row consists of six turbines, and they occupy an area of 10 km2. The spacing between each turbine and the rows of turbines is 700 metres. The site is easily accessed from the local maintenance port at Whitstable, which is only 30 minutes away by boat. The water depth is on average five metres.