Offshore Project Progress - 22 June

UK: Recent project updates from around the UK, including EDF's Blyth demonstration project, the 664MW Beatrice site in Scotland and RWE's 576MW Gwynt y Mor.

RWE's 576MW Gwynt y Mor has been officially inaugurated

Kentish Flats Extension

Cabling begins: Installation of the Kentish Flats Extension's export cables is due to start this week, following several days of adverse weather.

The BoDo Installer vessel will be deployed at the project site off the Kent coast, southeast England. Vattenfall's 49.5MW project is an extension of its 90MW Kentish Flats. 17-Jun-15

First turbine: The first of Kentish Flats Extension's towers, nacelles and blades have also been installed. The work is being carried out from GeoSea's Neptune vessel. The project is set to comprise 15 MHI-Vestas V112-3.3MW turbines. 19-Jun-15



Surveyor contractor: HiDef Aerial Surveying (HiDef) has been contracted by SSE to undertake high-resolution surveys at the Beatrice project.

The up-to-664MW site is planned for an area in the Outer Moray Firth, 13.5 kilometres from the Caithness coastline in northwest Scotland.

In January, unexploded ordnance surveys began at the site, carried out by Fugro EMU.

The project is being developed by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) – a partnership between SSE Renewables (50%), Repsol Nuevas Energias UK (25%) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (25%). 17-Jun-15


Gwynt y Mor

Officially online: RWE's Gwynt y Mor has been officially inaugurated. The £2 billion (€2.8 billion), 576MW offshore wind farm – the world's second largest – occupies an 80-square-kilometre site in Liverpool Bay, 13 kilometres off the north Wales coast.

It is a joint investment by RWE, Stadtwerke München and Siemens and comprises 160 Siemens 3.6MW turbines.

Export cable maintenance works are also being carried out at Gwynt y Mor. The Ndurance vessel is being deployed. 18-Jun-15


Blyth Demonstration Site

Surveying begins: Investigations at the site of EDF Renewables' planned Blyth offshore demonstration project are set to commence.

EGS International will undertake geophysical surveys, while GEO carry out geotechnical surveys by drilling boreholes into the seabed to understand the rock formation. Two vessels, the Blue Beta and the Morven, will be deployed.

Surveying and sampling are expected to be complete by the end of June, to help with the planned 99.9MW project's engineering design and construction plans.

EDF acquired the rights to develop the site from the Crown Estate in October. The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) – now part of ORE Catapult – had taken it through the consent stages, receiving planning consent in November 2013.

A final investment decision on the up-to-15-turbine project is expected later this year. It would be built by Blyth Offshore Demonstrator, a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Energy Renewables. 18-Jun-15


From WPO Intelligence