Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm

Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm

Gunfleet Sands is located approximately 7km south-east of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

About Gunfleet Sands 

The Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm is located approximately 7km south-east of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. The project consists of two phases, Gunfleet Sands 1 with 30 turbines and Gunfleet Sands 2 with 18 turbines.

The capacity of each turbine is 3.6 MW, giving a total capacity of the Gunfleet Sands project of 173 MW. The rotor diameter of the turbines is 107m, with a maximum height of 129m from blade tip to sea level.


​The total area of the phase 1 development is 10km2 and 7.5km2 for phase 2. The turbines are mounted on top of a monopile foundation. The monopiles are approximately 5m in diameter, with an overall length of up to 50m and a seabed penetration of up to 40m.


The wind farm was constructed by DONG Energy, and is owned by DONG Energy (50.1%), Marubeni (24.95%) and DBJ (24.95%)



2001-2003: Gunfleet Sands was awarded a lease by the Crown Estate to develop a wind farm at the Gunfleet Sands site under rounds 1 and 2 of leasing


2003-2008: The project receives consent


2008: Construction begins


April 2009: First turbine erected


August 2009: First power produced by the project and generated to the grid


June 2010: Project completed and official inauguration takes place


2012: Consent awarded for Gunfleet Sands Demonstration Project, to test two of Siemens' new 6MW turbines


2012-2013: Construction of the demonstration project commenced, with inauguration following


​Operations and Maintenance

Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm is operated and maintained from the town of Brightlingsea only 35 minutes away by vessel.

DONG Energy has built their operation base in Brightlingsea and recruit staff locally, thus committing to a long-term relationship with Brightlingsea.



LinksTo learn more about Gunfleet Sands, please see the links below

Gunfleet Sands project summary

Gunfleet Sands fact sheet