ENERGY chiefs have entered the final stages of a project to install dozens of wind turbines off the Hartlepool coast.
EDF Energy Renewables says it “continues to make progress” on its Teesside Offshore Windfarm.
Van Oord UK is the specialist marine engineering contractor on the scheme and has completed installing the yellow sections which form the linking structure between the monopile foundations and the turbine towers.
The specialist jack-up vessel, JB 114, which has been involved in the offshore construction work, has now returned to the project supply base at the Port of Hartlepool.
Turbine sections and components are now being assembled at the port and once that is complete, JB114 will be re-mobilised, say bosses.
This is likely to happen in the next two weeks and after that electricity can be generated from the site almost immediately.
Tim Bland, project manager for the Teesside Offshore Windfarm, said: “We are delighted that progress continues to be made.
“How quickly we can now move forward to project completion depends to a large extent on the weather and sea conditions over the next couple of months.”
Work has also been completed on the cable connections bringing power from the windfarm to the new onshore substation at Warrenby and from there, the electricity will be supplied to the national grid substation at Lackenby for local and national distribution.
When fully operational, the 27 Siemens turbines of the wind farm will be capable of producing up to 62MW of electricity.