EDF Energy Renewables, is commencing work on a new offshore windfarm. The windfarm off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland has a maximum total power production capacity of approximately 100MW.
The project includes installation of five 41.5MW turbines, which will be able to produce low-carbon electricity sufficient to supply power to 33,000 households.
Port of Blyth is to provide the commissioning and maintenance base and it is understood that permission for 15 turbines in total is in place. Onshore construction work for the project has already commenced, while offshore work is expected to begin next year.
This will be the first project to use 66kV cable technology with VMBS, which specialises in deploying subsea power cables installing the technology.
European Construction Company, Royal BAM Group, will design and develop the concrete gravity base foundations for the project using a new technique known as ‘float and sink’.
Electricity generated at the facility will be supplied to an electricity substation in Blyth, constructed by Balfour Beatty, ready to transmit to the National Grid.
The Port of Blyth, highlights Blyth as a hub for offshore energy. Chief executive Martin Lawlor said: “We’re delighted to be providing both an operational and mobilisation base for this significant offshore wind project and are thrilled that EDF Energy Renewables have selected the Port of Blyth as a key partner.
“This project further cements our reputation as a major energy port and outlines our capabilities as an offshore energy hub.”