EDF Energy Renewables has commenced seabed and geotechnical investigations at the site of its planned Blyth offshore wind farm in Northumberland.
Two specialist vessels, the Blue Beta and the Morven, will carry out the surveys at the proposed site for the turbines and the route the wind farm’s electricity cable will take to shore. The site surveying and subsurface sampling are expected to be complete by the end of this month.
Geophysical works will be carried out by EGS, while GEO will undertake the geotechnical investigations.
Mark Lawson, Blyth offshore windfarm project manager, said: “These surveys will help us to characterise the site to provide all the required information to inform our engineering design and construction plans for the project.
“The surveys are being undertaken ahead of a final investment decision on building the wind farm, which is expected later this year.”
The planned scheme is for the construction of up to 15 turbines. The project was approved in October 2013 and will be built by Blyth Offshore Demonstrator, a subsidiary of EDF Energy Renewables, subject to final investment approval.