Blyth offshore wind farm has been out of action from some time after the undersea power cable was damaged by the rocky conditions on the seabed.

E.ON said that it has been hard at work replacing the cable from the two wind turbines to the shore, using a different route to allow sections of the cable to be buried in sand.

The wind farm was commissioned in 2000 and, once it is up and running again, it will be able to produce enough power for around 2,000 homes and to displace the emission of 4,500 tonnes of CO2 every year, said E.ON.

Martin Roberts, construction projects manager for E.ON, said: We had to order a specially armored cable from Italy, which has a steel outer shell to cope with the extreme conditions at Blyth. We started work at the end of the last week and hope to have the offshore work finished in the next few days, although we probably won’t energize the cable until the week after next.