UK-based EDF Energy Renewables is commencing work on a new offshore windfarm, which has a maximum total power production capacity of nearly 100MW off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland county in North East England.

The project includes installation of five turbines of 41.5MW in capacity, which will be able to produce low-carbon electricity sufficient to supply power to 33,000 households.

Onshore construction work for the project has already commenced, while offshore work is expected to begin next year.

Electricity generated at the facility will be supplied to an electricity substation in Blyth ready to transmit to the National Grid. The substation will be constructed by British company Balfour Beatty and at peak time of construction, there will be nearly 200 job opportunities.

"The turbines will be able to produce low-carbon electricity sufficient to supply power to 33,000 households."

EDF Energy Renewables is a 50-50 UK joint venture (JV) between EDF Energies Nouvelles and UK-based energy company EDF Energy.

Being the first project to use 66kV cable technology, the Blyth wind project will deploy latest generation offshore wind turbines made and installed by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

The cable technology will be installed by VMBS, which specialises in deploying subsea power cables and the new installation system of float and sink will be used for the project.

The concrete gravity base foundations of the project will be designed and developed by European construction company Royal BAM Group in the Neptune dry dock on the Tyne and will then be floated and sunk in position using tugs.

Image: Cable installation boat used in the Blyth offshore wind project. Photo: courtesy of EDF Energy.