• With 653MW New Installed Capacity in 2010, UK Accounts for
More than Half of Global Offshore Wind Energy Market;
• Global Installed Wind Energy Capacity Expected to Reach
600GW by 2015 according to International Report
Abu Dhabi – UAE: 9 July, 2011 – Masdar Power, one of the five integrated units
of Masdar, and partner in London Array, along with DONG Energy and E.ON, today
announced that the 630MW first phase of London Array - which will be the largest
offshore wind farm in the world - is due for completion by the end of 2012.
On-site work is progressing in the Thames Estuary, where 22 of the planned 177
monopile foundations (175 wind turbines and two offshore substations) have been
installed to date. Developed by DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar Power, the project will
result in CO2 savings of 925,000 tonnes a year.
Located around 20km from the Kent and Essex coasts, London Array will cover an
area of 100 square km in Phase I on the Thames Estuary, and will be connected by
undersea cables to a new onshore substation currently being built at Cleve Hill on the
North Kent coast.
Seconded by Masdar Power, two Emirati professionals – Naser Al Yammahi, Project
Engineer, and Mohamed Al Khawaja, Senior Electrical Engineer - have joined the
London Array project team, one of the most high-profile and strategically significant
renewable energy projects in the UK.
Frank Wouters, Director of Masdar Power, said: "The progress of work at London
Array marks our commitment to expediting the deployment of utility-scale renewable
energy production around the world. The offshore wind farm additionally reflects the
community’s swift adoption of renewable and clean energy technologies.
“The two recently joined Emirati engineers bring special expertise to the London
Array project team and we believe they will significantly contribute to the overall
success of the initiative. More importantly, London Array will effectively showcase
the development, commercialization and adoption of renewable energy and clean
The London Array is set to contribute to the expanding wind energy sector of the UK,
which installed 653MW in fresh capacity to account for more than half of the global
offshore wind energy market in 2010. Offshore represents 26 per cent of the UK's total
wind capacity of which 59 per cent was added in 2010, according to estimates by the
World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).
The global installed wind energy capacity is expected to jump from 196,630MW in
2010 to 600GW by 2015 and further to 1,500GW by 2020, the World Wind Energy
2010 report predicted.
The total global installed offshore wind capacity reached 3,117.6MW, of which
1161.7MW was added in 2010, representing a growth rate of 59 per cent. The global
offshore wind energy segment saw its share rise moderately from 1.2 per cent in 2009
to 1.6 per cent in 2010. In terms of new installations, offshore capacity accounted for
3.1 per cent during the year, the WWEA report said.
Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of
renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel
economy and the energy economy of the future - developing the “greenprint” for how we will live and work tomorrow.
Backed by the stability and reputation of the Mubadala Development Company, an investment vehicle of the government
of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy.
For more information about the Masdar Initiative, please visit: www.masdar.ae
About Masdar Power:
Masdar Power is one of the five integrated units of Abu Dhabi’s clean energy initiative - Masdar. Mandated to build
and operate a portfolio of large scale renewable energy power projects, it is implementing major projects such as the
Shams-One solar power plant in the UAE, as well as international projects including the London Array offshore wind farm,
Torresol Energy’s Gemasolar, Valle 1& 2 solar power plants in Spain and a wind farm in Seychelles.
Through its partnerships and investments in technology-relevant to utility-scale renewable energy operating assets,
Masdar Power aims to spearhead breakthroughs in the field of solar PV, concentrated solar power, onshore and offshore
For more information about Masdar Power, please visit: www.masdar.ae