Throughout our 40 years’ experience in the offshore industry, we have provided essential protection to some of the world’s most exciting offshore wind developments, one of them being the London Array.
With its 175 wind turbines standing higher than the London Eye at 87 meters and covering an offshore area of 100km², the London Array, situated in the outer Thames Estuary, is the largest offshore wind farm in the world and the largest wind farm in Europe by megawatt capacity (630MW).
Wind farms such as the London Array work by harvesting the natural energy present when the wind blows and then using it to generate clean, renewable electricity. This impressive wind farm development produces enough power for nearly half a million UK homes a year, including two thirds of the homes in Kent, South East England.
Our Interzone 954 and Interthane 990 coatings are making sure that the London Array’s transition pieces are kept in optimum condition, providing essential corrosion protection and long term structural integrity. Interzone 954 is ideally suited to offshore wind turbine transition pieces where it has shown proven, anticorrosive performance in this extremely aggressive “splash-zone” environment. Both coatings have been proven to perform well in harsh offshore conditions like the ones the London Array is subjected to.
“AkzoNobel boasts a wealth of experience in coating offshore assets in both power and in oil and gas industries, therefore we were confident in our ability to offer a system that could cope with the demands placed upon steel in those conditions” said Steen Larsen, AkzoNobel’s Sales Manager in Denmark. “On this project, we worked closely with Bladt Industries, who are the world’s leading supplier of Transition Pieces (TPIs). They have chosen and still choose our proven products to provide the London Array and other offshore wind energy projects with long term protection”.
Our extensive work in the offshore wind power market also includes wind farms Alpha Ventus, Greater Gabbard, Beatrice and also Ormonde, a 150MW installation in the Irish Sea.
Project year: 2010
Products used: Interzone 954, Interthane 990
Project size: 630 MW