EDF Starts Work on Blyth Offshore Wind Farm
Posted on: 07/06/2016

EDF Energy Renewables has begun construction on a new offshore windfarm off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland. Whilst onshore work has commenced, offshore will commence in 2017 which will see the installation of 5 turbines of 41.5MW combined capacity.

The electricity substation which will receive the supply of generated power is to be built by Balfour Beatty, which will then be transmitted to the National Grid. At its peak there will be over 200 employees on the project.

The Blyth offshore wind projects will be built by a 50-50 joint venture between EDF Energies Nouvelles and EDF Energy, and construction of the first five turbines is estimated for completion in 2017. Using the latest generation of offshore wind turbines manufactured and installed by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, this will be the first project to use 66kV cable technology.

EDF Energy Renewables’ chief executive, Matthieu Hue said:

“As a company, we already have a strong presence in the North East, in low carbon electricity generation and serving customers including our first offshore wind farm at Teesside so we’re pleased to be able to add another project to our portfolio in the region. We are delighted that the gravity based foundations will be made in Newcastle. The Port of Blyth will be used for operations and maintenance and the blades for the turbines will be made on the Isle of Wight.”

The project will be able to generate maximum total capacities of 100MW and is expected for completion in 2017.

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