UK: Teesside Offshore Windfarm Progressing as Planned
EDF Energy Renewables officials have confirmed that the work on Teesside offshore windfarm is going as planned, according to Hartlepool Mail.
Eight monopiles have already been installed with two more to follow later this week.
The Project manager, Tim Bland, said: “We are still at a relatively early stage in the construction phase, but we are happy that we have achieved what we set out to do in the first month or so of work.”
Work began in 2011 with the construction of an onshore substation and the grid connection. Work at sea started on the 2nd of February 2012 with the installation of the monopile foundations. The facility is due to be commissioned by the end of 2012.
Located off the coast of Redcar in North East England, the windfarm will be equipped with 27 offshore wind turbines supplied by Siemens. With a total installed capacity of 62 MW, it will power up the UK grid with the equivalent of the yearly electricity consumption of 40,000 households and will offsett the annual release of approximately 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Offshore WIND staff, March 14, 2012; Image: edf group