Blyth Offshore Wind Farm

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Blyth Offshore Wind Farm
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Blyth Offshore Wind Turbines in January 2004
Location of Blyth Offshore Wind Farm in Northumberland
Country England, United Kingdom
Location Blyth, Northumberland
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Status Operational
Commission date December 2000
Construction cost €4.6 million
Owner(s) E.ON
Shell Renewables
NUON
Border Wind
Operator(s) E.ON
Wind farm
Type Offshore
Max. water depth 6–11 m (20–36 ft)
Distance from shore 1.6 km (1.0 mi)
Hub height 62 m (203 ft)
Rotor diameter 66 m (217 ft)
Rated wind speed 17 m/s (38 mph)
Power generation
Units operational 2 x 2 MW
Make and model Vestas: V66-2.0 MW
Nameplate capacity 4

Blyth Offshore Wind Farm is a small coastal wind farm located 0.5 miles (0.80 km) off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland, England.

History

Commissioned in December 2000 as a pilot project, the project was developed by a consortium that included E.ON, Shell Renewables, NUON and Border Wind. E.ON are in charge of operating the farm.[1]

The project was the UK's first offshore wind farm, as well as being the largest offshore turbines erected in the world at the time.[2]

There are plans to add a 100 MW test facility of 15 turbines at Blyth and nearby Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, supported by a government grant. The site would be administered by The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), based in Blyth.[3] The test facility received planning consent in November 2013.[4]

Design and specification

The farm consists of two Vestas 2 MW turbines.[2]

References

  1. http://www.bwea.com/ukwed/operational.asp
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.power-technology.com/projects/blyth/
  3. Black, David (5 April 2012). "£300m Blyth offshore wind farm test facility planned by Narec". Newcastle Upon Tyne: The Journal. Retrieved 8 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Blyth offshore wind farm test site approved, BBC News, 8 November 2013<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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