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UK opens second largest offshore wind farm in the world

Saturday, August 10th 2013 - 01:58 UTC
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Greater Gabbard wind farm, which is reportedly the second largest offshore wind farm in the world, costing £1.3 billion and generating enough clean electricity to power over half a million homes, was officially opened off the British coast of Suffolk by the Energy and Business Minister Michael Fallon. Read full article

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  • Mastershake

    haha, Argentina couldn't even DREAM of building somethin like this, they'll be lucky just to pay their natural gas energy bills through the end of this year

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 04:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    Well they should consider building some, and point them at their beloved leader CFK. She produces enough hot air to power Argentina for years.

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 06:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Porto Margaret

    #2

    You are indeed correct, she does have all the warmth of a vaca flatulenta.

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 07:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DanyBerger

    Hallo! Idiots from the undeveloped world.

    You need to read carefully title to start with...

    The title of this article says “UK opens second largest offshore wind farm in the world”

    That doesn’t mean that Ukistan has the largest win farm in the world what is another thing “just Off shore”.

    In fact Argentina has 34 already wind farm projects going on and with a total investment of $2.1 billion what of course will be largest than the so called largest offshore wind farm in the world” I guess.

    The difference is that poor Ukistan has not rich oil resources like Argentina and for a country without oil is not something really relevant.

    Do ya know what I mean Idiots?

    In fact the largest wind farm I guess are in China with capacity over 30gw.

    And China Offshore wind farm power surpass largely UK “largest offshre wind farm” because this wind farm in UK only has 1.5gw while China offshore wind farm has more than 5 Gw.

    @Mastershake

    BTW someone telling that are your parent from Chile are asking about you here in Buenos Aires, any message for them mate?

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 08:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gollum

    Dany. Gollum Gollum, remember your instructions... DO NOT try to argue who has the biggest, because ALL the world knows that we Argentineans have by far the smallest! And we need Viagra in spades to get excited about our leathery women. It's counter productive, I told you before, stop it!

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 08:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @4 DB

    Oh dear, argieland may have oil and gas but you can't get it out of the ground, so stop digging the hole you are in.

    I would have thought better of you if you had pointed out that this prat doesn't know WTF he is talking about and has more wind out of his arse than the windmills need to operate.

    Yes, there is a lot of wind off the coast of Suffolk but that means the things will have to shut themselves down otherwise they blow up due to over speed.

    Biggest con perpetrated on the UK public and we have had some real cons from New Labour but this beats them all.

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 09:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @4 Dunny

    The largest one in China (Dabancheng) is onshore, and has a nameplate capacity of 500MW. The largest offshore wind farm in China (Chenjiagang (Jiangsu) Xiangshui) has a nameplate capacity of 201MW.

    The Greater Gabbard wind farm has a nameplate capacity of 504MW.

    Would you care to hazard a guess as to which country the largest offshore wind farm (with a nameplate capacity of 630MW, it's also the sixth largest windfarm overall) is off of?

    For all of the investment that you're claiming that Argentina has made, you really don't have much in the way of actual wind farms of any notable size to speak of. I would imagine that the money (if it ever existed) must have gone the same way as the Aerolineas Argentinas money went...

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 10:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Everyone forgive daniella, his other persona's ntook a beating this past week so he had to bow out of them for a while and slip into danyberger's pumps for a while as a breather.
    Here is an interesting list of the countries that produce power my wind. And of course the number one producer and winner is.......................

    China

    http://www.thewindpower.net/statistics_countries_en.php

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 10:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @8 Captain Poppy

    Interesting... I had a rummage round and it looks like China tend to build more “smaller” onshore farms (usually in the 300 MW nameplate range, but with a few up to 500 MW), but then they do have the space onshore for it.

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 11:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Faz

    And.... Which country is building one coal fired power station every week, no flue gas desulpherisation, running on crappy Brown coal packed with noxious fumes - China! Closely followed by India!

    That, and burning forests being stripped of hardwoods to make way for palm oil plantations isn't why East Asia is cloaked in dense choking fog for much of the year.

    There is more to REAL environmental concern than crumby unreliable sources of power like windmills. They have an impact on how fast fossil fuels are consumed but that's all. The enormous cost and enviromental impact of all that steel, concrete and fireglass resin is usually ignored.

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 11:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    I was just putting that out there as total output, which Argentina does not even come in the top 30 countries. They have been trying to get some out here in Cape Cod and people like Kerry, our Sec of State is complaining about it and trying to stop it.........obstructs his offshore view.....lol

    #10 Wind is unreliable, coal and oil is dirty, nuclear is dangerous........do we go back to candles?

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 11:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mastershake

    4 “BTW someone telling that are your parent from Chile are asking about you here in Buenos Aires, any message for them mate?”
    I literally can't understand your “English” there. What are you trying to say? Chile's a great country, one of my faves, but my parents aren't from there, if that's what you were attempting to insinuate. My parents and I are from USA, my parents would never have been caught dead in BA, and I'll never go back to Argentina either.

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 11:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vestige

    Well done Danny.
    Great post. :)

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 11:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @4
    You are not as developed as the Falkland Islands.

    A country of only 3000 manages to produce 40% of its energy requirements by wind and still gets major international overseas investments in oil exploration, because it understands business whereas Argentina has got lots of oil but it's staying underground, as Argentina can't handle money properly.

    And Argentina, unlike the Falkland islands Government, cannot produce 40% of its power by wind-in fact you can't even guarantee an adequate energy supply for your own people.

    And what a good idea it would be for the islands to develop offshore wind to the west(when the technology deals with higher windspeeds) to act as a physical barrier to your kamikaze pilots.

    That will be another trip for your politicians to moan at the UN and ensure they get some shopping trips to spend the money they've nicked off you.

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 12:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    You guys post about who has the biggest now?
    Tell you what, “biggest” wind farms are not always the most profitable ones, for the simple fact that too many modules are still when the wind doesn't blow...

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 12:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    The most telling chart regarding windmills is the average output but the windmill manufacturers trade associations will not publish it.

    Clue: in the UK it is UNDER SEVEN percent.

    The generators have, by law, to publish how much 'green' electricity they provide.

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 01:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    7% of the total wind power?

    Awesome!

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 01:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    17 Stevie

    No. Please read it again.

    It's 7% of the total electricity they provide is from 'green' sources. ALL green sources: wind, water and sunshine (not much of that in the UK normally).

    This may (I don't know) represent 25% of the installed capacity of the windmills; it certainly cannot be any more than that from other data that is freely available.

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 03:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DanyBerger

    @Mastershake

    Let’s try in Spanglish this time so...

    The people that help to grow you up may be are from USMEX but your real parents still waiting for you in Argentina. Be nice and don’t ignore them they say that forgive you...

    “and I'll never go back to Argentina either.”

    I hope you keep your word...

    Aug 10th, 2013 - 10:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • slattzzz

    @19 and when are you going back to rgenweener?

    Aug 11th, 2013 - 11:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    When Guzz's nits grow into full fledge lice like him. It's not easy turning nits into lice or maggots into flies when you are suppose to be human.

    Aug 11th, 2013 - 03:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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