EDF Energy Renewables has established a project office in Blyth to manage the construction of a new offshore windfarm. The Blyth offshore demonstrator will be located approximately 6km off the coast of Blyth, connected to a new substation being built on the site of the former Blyth power station. The scheme’s 25-strong project team has now moved into the Blyth Workspace office centre to plan, manage and co-ordinate the engineering and construction activities associated with the new development.
Project director Marcel Sunier said: “The new office provides a single central location for project staff involved in the development. This is a complex project and the new facility provides the ideal location to ensure that close communication is maintained between the project team and the specialist contractors involved in the different aspects of the scheme. We are also delighted to be moving into the heart of the Blyth community and will look to hold meetings in the coming months for local people who want to know more about the project. I would also like to thank the Blyth Workspace for accommodating us and helping with the move, it is very much appreciated.”
Construction work has already begun on the onshore substation and offshore work will start in 2017 with the installation of the special gravity-base foundations, the offshore electric cable and the wind turbines. At its peak there will be around 200 people working on the scheme and the project will incorporate a number of new and innovative features. For the first time in an offshore wind project, the turbines will be installed on self-floating and submersible gravity-base foundations and this will be the first project to use 66kV cable technology to connect the windfarm to the onshore substation.
Wholly owned by EDF Energies Nouvelles, the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator project will be built by EDF Energy Renewables, a 50-50 UK joint venture between EDF Energies Nouvelles and EDF Energy. When complete the windfarm will have five turbines with a total capacity of 41.5 megawatts.