EDF Renewables secures marine licence for Blyth Demo Phase 2

EDF Renewables UK & Ireland has received marine licence variation consent for Phase Two of the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator (BOD) wind farm off the coast of Northumberland, using floating offshore wind technology. Once complete, it will be among the first projects of this kind in English waters.

The wind farm will have floating foundations and four or five turbines with individual capacities of up to 14 MW. EDF Renewables is already working on project planning for phase two with a consent variation and procurement activities underway to use the Blyth site for the installation of up to five further turbines. This would be in an already identified array location 14 km from the shore, in water depths of around 55 metres.

The turbines to be installed in the BOD Phase two project will be constructed on floating sub structures. The project has yet to select the key contractors, including the turbine supplier, but a range of floating technology options are being considered, with the final design still to be determined by further detailed engineering studies.

The development timescale for BOD phase two has not yet been finalised. However, subject to detailed programming, the target is for it to be fully commissioned by Spring 2025.

first phase of the wind farm consists of five wind turbines and was constructed in 2017. It has a generating capacity of 41.5 MW and was the first UK offshore wind farm to utilise float and submerge gravity base foundations, as well as 66 kV rated inter array and export cables to connect the turbines to an onshore substation.

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