Blyth begins blowing

EDF GroupJean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bruno Bensasson, the Group Executive Vice-President in charge of Renewable Energies and Simone Rossi, EDF Energy Chief Executive Officer officially opened the Blyth offshore wind farm.

Blyth is the first offshore wind farm to use float and submerge technology. The wind turbines are supported with gravity-based foundations transported by floating, which reduces the installation costs. A dedicated operations and maintenance team with nine members has been set up at the Port of Blyth to support the wind farm.

The EDF Group, in the form of EDF Renewables in the UK, already operates the 62 MW
Teesside offshore wind farm located around 80 km to the south of the new Blyth facility. In May, the Group acquired the 450MW Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind project off the east coast of Scotland and has been granted all the administrative permits.

Located off the Northumberland coast, the
Blyth offshore wind farm is composed of five turbines with total generation capacity of 41.5MW. Several innovations have been built in to contribute to enhanced competitiveness of offshore wind power.

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