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Blyth offshore up for decommissioning

Eight months after two wind turbines sited off the coast of Blyth in north-east England were taken out of service, the consortium that owns them says it may dismantle the 2 MW Vestas machines. They have sat idle one mile off the coast since the cable taking the power to shore broke. The Blyth project, a joint venture between Shell Renewables, E.ON UK Renewables, Dutch utility NUON and Britain's AMEC Wind, was the UK's first offshore wind plant. When installed in 2000, the turbines were the most powerful offshore anywhere. The consortium is deciding whether or not to replace the cable, which was bolted to the seabed rather than being buried as with all subsequent British offshore wind projects. The alternative option is to gain offshore decommissioning experience and resell the machines. E.ON points out that Blyth was conceived as a test bed and has now served its purpose.

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