The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s centre in Blyth has resumed testing and validation activity after a pause of some ten days.
ORE Catapult had suspended access to the Blyth site for approximately 10 days to implement COVID-19-related protocols and measures. During that time, engineering and analysis operations saw no interruption, according to a spokesperson from ORE Catapult.
The Blyth centre now features demarcation of 2-metre distances and anyone arriving at the site will have their temperature checked. Furthermore, ORE Catapult introduced measures and protocols on protective equipment, minimalisation of touch points, washing and other sanitising facilities, etc.
These will remain under constant assessment, according to ORE Catapult.
“Whilst many of our staff continue to work remotely where they are able to do so, the restart of key programmes across our world-leading blades, powertrains, electrical and subsea testing facilities will ensure that the UK can continue to address it’s binding net zero targets and drive economic growth and job creation that will be more important than ever in the coming months”, said Tony Quinn, ORE Catapult’s Test Facilities Director.