EDF Energies Nouvelles is launching the Blyth offshore wind farm project. Construction work for the first 41.5 MW part of the project has begun onshore, and offshore installation is due to begin in 2017. Ultimately, the project may have up to 100 MW in capacity.The Blyth project is located off the coast of Northumberland, in north-east England.
The first part of the project, which will have 41.5 MW in installed capacity, will consist of 5 MHI Vestas offshore Wind turbines. Led by EDF Energy Renewables, the group’s UK subsidiary, offshore construction work is due to commence in 2017.
Implementation of this project will enable the group to use cutting-edge offshore technologies in real conditions (e.g. latest-generation turbines, innovative gravity base foundations, 66kV cables), and to increase its expertise in upgrading installation, commissioning, operating and maintaining procedures for offshore wind turbines.
“Drawing on our experience in building offshore wind farms in the United Kingdom (Teesside) and Belgium (C-Power) and developing three projects in France, EDF Energies Nouvelles intends to continue contributing to innovation in this sector.
The Blyth project is offering a further opportunity to fine-tune our expertise in offshore wind farms”, stated Antoine Cahuzac, Senior Executive Vice President in Renewable Energies of EDF and Chief Executive Officer of EDF Energies Nouvelles.
EDF Energies Nouvelles is a market leader in green electricity production, with a portfolio of 9,063 MW of gross installed capacity focused for the most part on wind (onshore and offshore) and solar photovoltaic energy. Mostly operating in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles continues its development in promising emerging areas taking position in new countries (Brazil South Africa and India). The Company is also present in other segments of the renewable energy market: marine energy, biomass and distributed energies. EDF Energies Nouvelles manages renewable energy projects’ development and construction as well as operation and maintenance for its own account and for third parties. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF Group dedicated to renewable energy.