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Turbine installation complete at 630MW London Array

The last turbine has been installed at the UK’s 630MW London Array offshore wind farm.

The addition of the 175th machine leaves the project’s first phase on course to be fully operational by spring next year, says the wind farm's developer.

Fifty five of the Siemens 3.6MW turbines are already grid-connected in the Thames Estuary near London.

After beginning in January, the final stage of turbine installation was completed by MPI Discovery and A2SEA’s Sea Worker and Sea Jack.

London Array is owned by consortium partners Dong Energy (50%), E.ON (30%) and Masdar (20%).

Benj Sykes, head of Dong’s UK Wind business, says: "The London Array will soon be the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world.

“Building offshore wind farms of this size and larger in the future allows us to harvest the advantages of scale and is an important element of our strategy to drive down the cost of energy."

A London Array second phase, which is currently seeking approval, would take the total project to 870MW.