Demolition and decommissioning specialist Able UK has submitted its “scoping plans” to build a huge wind turbine plant on the site of a former steelworks on Teesside. Able wants to develop a 72-hectare site on former SSI steelworks land on the banks of the Tees, building a facility that would create around 600 jobs, combining assembly, installation and servicing of offshore wind turbines on one super-site. Details of the project have emerged in early-stage planning documents submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Council.
Infrastructure Intelligence 3rd June 2019 read more »
On 1 June 2019, Ørsted formally commenced support operations on Hornsea One, the largest offshore windfarm in the world, working from the project’s purpose-built service operation vessel. The project’s first operational team set sail on 31 May from Grimsby Royal Docks to the windfarm, which is 120 km out to sea. They are part of two shift-based teams that are responsible for operating and maintaining the windfarm, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout its 25-year life-span. The teams will each spend two weeks at a time offshore, staying on a service operations vessel (SOV). The huge scale of the project means that operations are beginning before construction is complete. To date, more than 50 of the 174 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines are operational. Turbine installation is expected to continue until late summer. When fully operational next year, the wind farm will be able to power well over a million UK homes with clean electricity.
Offshore Wind Journal 4th June 2019 read more »
The UK’s first offshore wind farm has been fully decommissioned, with energy firm E.ON yesterday confirming the two Blythe turbines which have been standing off the coast of Northumberland for the past 20 years have now been safely taken down. First built by a consortium led by E.ON in 2000, the 4MW Blyth Offshore Wind Farm marked an historic milestone for the UK renewables sector, generating enough power each year to supply over 2,000 homes and save around 4,500 tonnes of CO2.
Business Green 4th June 2019 read more »