Winds of change off Hartlepool coastline

The view of EDF Redcar windfarm from Seaton Carew

The view of EDF Redcar windfarm from Seaton Carew

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A NEW wind farm under construction off the coast of Seaton Carew has started to produce electricity.

The first three wind turbines are up and running and providing energy for the National Grid as work on the scheme progresses.

Eighteen out of a total of 27 wind turbines have been installed at the wind farm using the Port of Hartlepool’s MPI Adventure jack up vessel.

EDF Energy Renewables, which is building the wind farm, hailed the progress as a milestone in the project and said the scheme will be finished in June.

Christian Egal, chief executive of EDF Energy Renewables, said: “We are delighted that first supplies of low carbon electricity are now being produced by our scheme.

“This is an important milestone for us and one that will help us to maintain our commitment to deliver energy in a way that is sustainable, affordable and secure.

“As work progresses further turbines will be brought on stream over the next few weeks and in doing so will enable the Teesside project to make a significant contribution to meeting these objectives.”

Once complete, it is said the turbines will be able to generate 62 megawatts, enough electricity for 40,000 homes.

Electricity generated by the turbines will be carried to a substation by cables on the seabed.