The two 2 MW wind turbines, located off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland, were the first to be built in UK waters. However, recent problems with the offshore power cable have meant that no power could be exported to shore. The cable, which is bolted to the seabed, is to be repaired so that the scheme will return to operation.

Dr Tony Cocker, manager director of energy wholesale at E.ON UK, said: “The scheme was always designed as a test bed to prove that it was viable to build and operate turbines around the UK coastline and it has achieved that, as well as further UK offshore firsts, such as the replacement of a turbine blade at sea.”

Commercial terms were not disclosed.

Related Articles
Wind on the water
Blyth turbine ‘was struck by lightning’