Narec to Launch Public Consultations on Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstrator Project (UK)
Information on Narec’s proposed 15 turbine Offshore Wind Demonstration Project to be located off the coast of Blyth, will take place w/c 12th December at the following locations:
13th December, 13:00 – 20:00
Blyth Community Enterprise Centre
14th December, 13:00 – 20:00
The Windsor Hotel, Whitley Bay
15th December, 13:00 – 20:00
Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre
Narec expects to complete the Environmental Impact Assessment and consent submission early in 2012 with the Offshore Anemometry Hub expected to be installed 6km offshore of Blyth in the Spring, close to the location of the proposed nearest shore array.
The Anemometry Hub will provide wind resource and environmental data to validate turbine demonstrations on the proposed site, with the instrumentation and data management capability to be made available for future research collaborations.
The proposed demonstration facility for pre commercial prototype offshore wind turbines will be unique in global R&D terms, enabling manufacturers and wind farm developers to learn new approaches across the supply chain for the development, deployment and O&M of new turbine technologies. The site can accommodate up to 3 arrays at water depths of 35m, 45m and 55-60m, enabling demonstrators to test new turbine prototypes and subsea foundation technologies to be utilised in Round 3 sites and beyond.
Offshore WIND staff, December 09, 2011; Image: narec