EDF Energy Renewables announced yesterday that it is to start construction work on an offshore windfarm in Blyth. EDF Energy Renewables are expected to use revolutionary technology including 66 kilovolt cabling and concrete gravity base foundations. This will be the first time anything of the sort has been used in British waters.
RenewableUK have welcomed the news, hoping the wind farm will significantly help the growth of the offshore wind industry.
RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal, said: “The Blyth project highlights how Britain is leading the way in offshore wind innovation. Our industry is at the forefront of developing renewable technology that will be exported around the world.”
The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult worked on the project from its inception. Its Chief Executive, Andrew Jamieson, said: “EDF Energy Renewables’ green light on the Blyth offshore wind farm is great news for the industry, and for the north-east in particular. The Catapult will continue to work closely with EDF Energy Renewables through this and other projects on the development of innovative new technologies to further drive down the cost of offshore wind.”