E.ON AG’s (E.ON) Blyth offshore wind farm is back and running at full capacity after remaining offline for two year. The wind farm stopped in 2006 because the power cable used to export power had been damaged by the rocky conditions on the seabed. But after the cable replaced by a special steel-clad system in 2008, the wind farm became operational and is now running at full capacity. The wind farm has two turbines producing 4 megawatt of power.
Martin Roberts, construction projects manager for E.ON, said: The project has been tricky to get right and we’ve had to work around some rough weather during the last three months or so. But now it’s great to see the turbines turning and producing power once again.
The Blyth offshore wind farm uses two V66 turbines from Vestas Wind Systems A/S with a 40 m hub height.
The GBP4 million project has suffered a number of problems over the years, from cable trouble to a lightning strike.
V66 turbines were used for the first time offshore in this project.
The turbines were originally installed by the marine division of AMEC Capital Projects Ltd. for its owners, Blyth Offshore Wind Limited, which was a collaboration of Shell Renewables Ltd., E.ON, NUON Renewables and AMEC Border Wind.