UK energy Minister Greg Barker officially opened a new extension to the 172 MW Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm this week. The new site is located next to the existing wind farm, 8.5 km off the coast of Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.

"The two prototypes have been pre-tested under hardest conditions and we have made tremendous progress with the experiences gained by that. Now we will test the turbines under long-term conditions of normal energy production.” -- Henrik Stiesdal, chief technology officer, Siemens Wind Power