EDF Energy begins construction of Blyth offshore wind farm

Wind Farm

Energy giant EDF Energy has begun construction on its newest offshore wind farm located in Northumberland, United Kingdom. The project will have the capacity to generate a maximum of just under 100MW, which is enough electricity to power 33,000 UK households. Now construction has begun onshore, the offshore construction is expected to begin in 2017, EDF said.

The wind power generated by the farm is supplying electricity to a substation at Blyth, which is to be constructed by Balfour Beatty. This substation will enable transmission to the National Grid and at peak times around 200 professionals will be working on the project. If all goes well, the first five turbines should be finished by 2017. EDF Energy Renewables is a collaboration between EDF Energies Nouvelles and EDF Energy. This project will operate using the newest technologies on the market in a bid to combat the high costs of clean energy.

MHI Vestas will be responsible for installing the plant’s huge 8MW turbines and the blades will be assumedly made on the Isle of Wight. “We are delighted to have received an order from EDF Energy Renewables for the Blyth Offshore Project,” said Jens Tommerup, CEO of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. “Blyth will be the first offshore project which MHI Vestas and EDF Energy Renewables will install together, and we look forward to partnering on an innovative project where the latest technologies will be tested.”

The V164-8.0 MW turbines have a capacity of 8 MW and have been particularly enhanced for this wind project by optimizing a power mode in order to increase the output value. This project will be the first offshore wind project to use 66kV electrical infrastructure and hybrid gravity-monopile foundations.

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