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LNG carrier Berge Arzew passes Sheerness
Energy matters in Kent
By Peter Barker
Kent is playing a major part in supplying the country's energy needs - but in diverse ways.
With the end in sight of North Sea natural gas supplies the UK is now seeing an increase in imports of gas from abroad.
Kent is playing a key role with the opening in 2005 of the LNG import terminal on the Isle of Grain. The facility is capable of handling over 3 million tonnes of LNG per annum – or 12 million cubic metres of gas per day.
Cargoes arrive in some of the biggest ships to be seen in the Thames/Medway area and one regular visitor is the huge green-hulled, Norwegian owned Berge Arzew. She delivers around 130,000 cubic metres of gas at a time from Arzew in Algeria - virtually on a weekly basis.
A stroll along the north Kent coast on a clear day will reveal a new sight on the horizon. Five miles off Herne Bay is the UK’s largest offshore wind farm.
The 30 giant turbines of the Kentish Flats wind farm built in a perfect symmetrical pattern are now producing enough electricity to supply half the population of Herne Bay, Whitstable and Canterbury. It is estimated that generating electricity this way will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 223,000 tonnes each year.
The Herne Bay project will be dwarfed by another, the London Array wind farm planned for 12 miles off Margate where up to 271 wind turbines are due to be operating by 2010. This scheme is expected to produce enough electricity to supply the demands of all the homes in Kent and East Sussex.
An annual reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of 1.9 million tonnes is anticipated, enough to fill the new Wembley Stadium (when completed of course) 910 times!
last updated: 06/03/2008 at 14:12