UK: Gardline Protects Marine Life at Redcar Offshore Wind Farm
Gardline project manager Joana Torres explains: “Marine mammal observations are an integral part of the work that is carried out before any wind farm installation commences, the area is monitored visually and by using hydrophonic equipment to detect the sound made by whales and dolphins. Once it is evident the area is clear of these, piling work can start, however this will be stopped if one is detected entering the area.”
When the wind farm is operational, beach surveys and marine ecology monitoring will continue for at least three years to ensure compliance with planning consents.
Tim Bland, EDF Energy Renewables project manager for Teesside, said: “The various surveys and research carried out have ensured we have a good understanding of the wildlife in the area. Protecting the local marine ecology is a priority for the project.” Installation of the turbines are due to commence in the summer, with electricity expected to be generated from early autumn.
Subsea World News Staff , May 02, 2012; Image: EDF