EDF Energy Renewables is carrying out seabed and geotechnical investigations in the area of the planned Blyth offshore wind farm.
Two specialist vessels called the Blue Beta and the Morven are to carry out the surveys. Investigations will look at the proposed site for the turbines and the wind farm to shore route of the electricity cable. Work will involve drilling boreholes into the seabed to understand rock formation. Site surveying and subsurface sampling is expected to be complete by the end of the month. Geophysical work is carried out by EGS, while geotechnical work is carried out by GEO, Denmark.
Blyth Offshore Windfarm project manager Mark Lawson 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.”
Source: EDF Energy
The proposed scheme is for up to 15 turbines. It was approved in October 2013 and will be built by Blyth Offshore Demonstrator, which is owned by EDF Energy Renewables.