The development of the wind farm falls under the company’s motive to expand its renewable energy generation portfolio.
The company is a subsidiary of UK power and gas utility EDF Energy and has to date more than 600MW of wind farms, with another 150MW under construction.
Under the Northumberland project, the utility also partnered with British multinational infrastructure group Barlfour Beatty to install a sub-station in Blyth, a town in Northumberland. The substation will direct the power generated from the five wind turbines into the National Grid’s network.
In a press statement, EDF said the offshore wind farm will provide power adequate to electrify 33,000 UK homes and is set for completion by 2017.
Moreover, the project is said will be the first to divert use of the 33kv cable technology to use new 66KV cable technology. The new cable technology will be installed by subsea power cable installation firm VMBS.
The farm will comprise a new concrete gravity base foundation float and sink developed by the Royal BAM Group.
[quote] Matthieu Hue, CEO of EDF Energy Renewables commented: “… the gravity based foundations will be made in Newcastle. The Port of Blyth will be used for operations and maintenance and the blades for the turbines will be made on the Isle of Wight.”
Wind energy development projects
Meanwhile, Danish based energy management company Dong Energy acquired US renewable energy firm RES Americas Developments’ wind energy projects in the US state of New Jersey.
The utility and energy management firm said it will continue the construction of the 1000MW off shore wind projects in the area. [Envision Energy wins bid to build 90 MW wind farm in Mexico].
In addition to taking over the completion of the programme, Dong Energy renamed the 160,480 acres project development land to Ocean Wind.
Once completed, the projects will be able to produce electricity to power more than 500,000 New Jersey homes.