The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm in the north-east has reached a milestone in its development, as the first turbine makes its way to its destination.
Travelling along the River Tyne, the turbine is the first of five to make the journey to Blyth as part of a pioneering project that will be the first of its kind to be constructed using the innovative float and submerge method.
Concrete gravity based foundations will soon be floated into position and submerged, providing 60 metres of underwater support for the wind turbines once in place. Over the coming weeks, cables with a power rating of 8.3MW will also be installed - the largest to be used on an offshore wind farm project.
EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) took over the scheme from Narec in 2014 and plans to erect five wind turbines about 6.5km off the coast of Blyth. The turbines are expected to generate electricity for up to 34,000 homes.
Chief Executive of EDF ER, Matthieu Hue, said that the project marks the first time the float and submerge method has been used for a wind farm. The gravity based foundations are, as the name suggests, held in place by gravity, which reduces the need for expensive marine equipment to complete installation on the sea bed.
“This groundbreaking scheme will benefit the North-East of England and help the UK to meet its future low-carbon electricity needs,” he added.
Residents will be able to see the major project taking shape at sea over the forthcoming months.
Recently, EDF ER also announced the acquisition of 11 new wind farm sites across Scotland, with a total potential capacity of 600 MW.
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