EEIF Member Narec has this week issued a call to tender to be part of the Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Project.
The demonstration site at Blyth, off the coast of Northumberland, is aiming to be a world-leading testing space for the next generation of offshore wind turbines. It will explore ways in which both the deployment of turbines can be sped up, and the cost of providing wind energy reduced.
The 100 megawatt (MW) project is worth £333 million and has already received huge interest from developers and investors, even before the formal tender was issued earlier this week.
Andrew Mills, CEO of Narec (the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre) explained, “The turbines to be installed will be fleet leaders, a Formula 1 class of offshore machines, and the site will provide the catalyst for taking these next generation technologies through to full production”.
There are 15 testing spaces available in total, with a water depth ranging from 38 to 57 metres. Each contract award will include the entire deployment process, from procurement through to installation, commissioning and operation.
Applications must be submitted by July 13th with the first turbines expected to be up and running by 2014.
Source: GreenWise Business
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