The United Kingdom (UK) and the United Arab Emirates have established a number of joint energy initiatives in recent years, including the London Array offshore wind park. The Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar is a major partner in the project, which began in 2001 as a result of environmental studies of the outer Thames Estuary. Two years later, London Array Limited obtained a 50-year lease from the Crown Estate for the offshore site and a cable route to the mainland.
Officially completed in December 2012, the London Array occupies an offshore area of more than 100 square kilometers. The site features two fully operational offshore substations and 175 wind turbines, which collectively produce over 600 megawatts of electricity. In addition to providing enough power for almost 500,000 homes in the UK every year, the London Array effectively reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 925,000 tons per year.
To learn more about the London Array, visit the project’s website at londonarray.com.