Windfarm work hits milestone

The wind farm viewed from Seaton Carew .Picture by FRANK REID
The wind farm viewed from Seaton Carew .Picture by FRANK REID

A MILESTONE has been reached in the construction of a multi-million pound wind farm after the first turbine was installed.

EDF Energy Renewables completed the installation of the first of 27 turbines at the Teesside offshore windfarm, off the coast of Hartlepool, earlier this week.

Project bosses say that, weather permitting, all of the wind turbine generators will be in place by the spring.

Commissioning tests on the new installation will now be carried out ahead of electricity generation beginning in the coming weeks.

Christian Egal, chief executive of EDF Energy Renewables, said: “The installation of the first offshore turbine on our first offshore scheme is a landmark event for the company, supporting the expansion of our onshore wind farm capacity over recent years.”

Hartlepool will continue to be used as the base for the construction of the windfarm, which is the first UK offshore development undertaken by EDF Energy Renewables.

Work to install the turbines is being undertaken with the MPI Adventure, a 440ft, six leg jack-up vessel designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines.

Mr Egal added: “Renewable energy will continue to play a key part of the country’s energy mix going forward and the construction of this latest project demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investing in low carbon technologies.

“Developing a range of diverse energy sources is crucial to addressing climate change, ensuring security of supply and providing affordable energy for all.

“The new Teesside offshore wind farm will make a significant contribution to all of these challenges and we are delighted that electricity will soon be generated from the site.”

The installation of the first turbine will be a relief to bosses following some delays to the project last year.

Work was put back when two unexploded bombs from the Second World War were discovered on the seabed in June last year before a leg of a mobile platform got stuck in mud at the bottom of the sea in August.