Photo: A finished gravity based foundation being towed out of River Tyne to be put into position; Image: EDF Energy/Chris Henderson Photography

EDS Executes 66kV Blyth Wind Farm Project

High voltage engineering specialist, EDS HV Group (EDS), now part of James Fisher and Sons, has completed installation, termination and testing work at the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm (BOD).

The BOD project has enabled owner and developer, EDF Renewables UK, to trial new technology and it is the first offshore wind farm to be built upon gravity-based foundations.

The BOD is also the first offshore wind farm to use a 66kV cabling system. This is a critical development for the industry which should lead to more cost-effective power collection and transmission to shore, as well as being a crucial development in the push to continuously reduce the Levelised Cost of Energy, EDS explains.

EDS was able to provide the necessary expertise to complete 66kV terminations and testing on all 5 assets, along with fibre-optic termination and testing.

Ken Ritson, group managing director of EDS, said: “EDS was delighted to be chosen to assist EDF Renewables UK in the commissioning of this landmark project. We believe that 66kV will quickly become the industry norm and we are pleased to offer the necessary level of competence and experience required to manage this change within the industry.”

The offshore wind farm, located 5.7km off the North East coast, UK, has five turbines and has a generation capacity of 41.5 MW.