Thanet Offshore Wind Limited
The Thanet offshore windfarm will be located 12 kilometres off Foreness Point This is to inform you of the preparation work that is soon to take place in the Port of Ramsgate.
As you may already know. last November Vattenfall bought the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm project and now the visible construction work begins. When complete in 2010, the wind farm will generate enough green energy for 240000 homes and Thanet will boast the largest offshore wind farm in the world!
Vattenfall is paying for the port to be dredged and several boats working on the wind farm construction have already arrived. The self-elevating construction vessel Seajack is due to arrive in preparation for the installation of the foundation piles for the wind turbines. This vessel contains accommodation, power generators and a variety of equipment. The major feature of the vessel is its powerful Manitowoc crane. The crane is powered by electrical generators and when it is working there is a higher level of noise experienced in and around the deck. It is possible that these sounds may be audible from places close to the harbour. The level of noise cannot be predicted until work actually begins. It is expected to carry out this work at various times for a period of up to 10 months. Vattenfall is concerned about the people living and working close to the port. We do not want to disrupt daily life, however it is essential that this construction work is carried out. We have been in touch with the Thanet District Council Environmental Health department and they are aware of the situation. We will do everything possible to mitigate any disruption and apologise in advance for any inconvenience.
The purpose of this letter is also to give you some notice and a point of contact if you have any questions. A web site has been launched that will give information about the wind farm and include regular updates on the progress of its construction. The address is http://www.vattenfall.com/thanetwind In addition, there is a telephone helpline that you may use. The number is 07545 339 299.
Ole Bigum Nielsen
Ed. Received by post so I hope I haven’t made any errors typing it up.