London Array's 1.5TWh in six months

Strong winds this winter helped the 630MW London Array to deliver 1.5TWh of power to the UK network in the six months ending March 2014, said the offshore project’s operating company.

London Array – currently the world’s most powerful operational offshore wind project – met the equivalent needs of about 325,000 homes, said a statement.

The wind farm’s 175 Siemens turbines benefitted from strong wind conditions in December and January, creating “near perfect” conditions that allowed them to pump out 15GWh on a single day on 6 January from the Thames Estuary project site.

London Array general manager Mike O’Hare said: “This excellent performance is a testament to the quality of installed components, the well managed construction project, the smooth handover to operations, the support we’ve had from local stakeholders and our service providers who work to keep the turbines turning.”

The London Array achieved full operations in April 2013. Plans for a second 240MW phase were scrapped earlier this year.

Dong Energy with 50%, E.ON (30%) and Masdar (20%) are the project’s co-owners. Dong has agreed to sell half its stake to Canadian investment group La Caisse.