The first close up images of the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm taking shape just 3km offshore from the Port have been released. They show one of the spectacular gravity-based foundations (GBF) in position, with the fifth and final foundation now in place.
EDF Energy Renewables‘ Blyth development is the first time the specialist ‘float and submerge’ method has been used for foundations on an offshore wind farm anywhere in the world. Once in position a sand ballast, supplied via the Port’s Battleship Wharf specialist dry bulks terminal, enables each foundation to rest securely on the sea bed. Each foundation weighs more than 15,000 tonnes and measures 60 metres high.
With all five foundations now in position, specialist contractors are beginning to lay the 66kV cables that will connect the wind farm to a new substation being constructed at Blyth. Following this the turbines themselves will be installed and are due to be operational by the early 2018.
EDF Energy Renewables is building the five turbines site, capable of generating enough electricity to power around 34,000 homes, and have will manage operation and maintenance of the wind farm through a brand new facility based in the Port’s South Harbour.