Phase 2 application submitted for London Array

The global wind energy consortium for the UK offshore windfarm project, London Array, has submitted its proposal to the Department of Energy Climate Change (DECC) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for phase 2 of the project.

When the London Array project was given consent in December 2006, it included a Grampian condition stating that the second phase could only go ahead if satisfactory evidence was provided that the protected population of Red Throated Divers in the Outer Thames Estuary, would not be adversely affected.

This week’s application follows six years of work by London Array with an expert panel comprising Natural England and the RSPB, to follow the Orthinological Review Process defined in the consent.

Richard Rigg, project director at London Array, said, “London Array believes the proposed scheme, which uses only part of the area available for Phase 2, can maintain the integrity of the Special Protected Area in which the windfarm sits and will not adversely affect the population of Red Throated Divers.”

London Array’s proposal for phase 2 covers an area of over 40km2 along the eastern boundary of the Phase 1 area which will provide a total of 240MW of installed capacity. This is enough to meet the annual electricity demands for over 180,000 homes.

Construction of Phase 1 started in July 2009 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012. Together, London Array Phase 1 and 2 will be rated at up to 870MW – equivalent to the total annual electricity needs of over 650,000 UK homes.