After a long period offline, the first two turbines to come into operation off the UK coast, back in 2000, are to start feeding electricity into the grid again. The owner of the Vestas 2 MW units, E.ON, is putting the finishing touches to a new and armoured cable to get the power ashore. Blyth has been out of action since March 2006 when the undersea cable was damaged on seabed rocks. E.ON has replaced it using a different route to allow sections to be buried in sand. The company says it had to order a special cable from Italy that has a steel outer shell to cope with the extreme conditions at Blyth.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol