Renown Engineering is delighted to be working alongside fellow North East companies on a multi-million-pound offshore wind farm.
Renown won the order from leading civil engineering contractor, BAM Nuttall, to manufacture watertight hatches for EDF Energy Renewables’ Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm Project. The hatches are manufactured from steel and have a unique design that enables them to cover the drainage plates and prevent water from entering the gravity base foundation when they are floated out to the site.
The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm Project will see five wind turbines built in the North Sea, 5.7km off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland. The farm will provide enough low carbon electricity to power 34,000 homes.
Significantly, the project will incorporate a number of new and innovative features. For the first time in an offshore wind project, the turbines will be installed on self-floating and submersible gravity-base foundations. They are the first of their kind to be built in the world. It will also be the first project to use 66Kv cable technology – twice the standard voltage for cables.
Renown Engineering is working on the project with the marine division of Renown Group, Westmoor Engineering. The team at Westmoor were able to contribute their technical knowledge to the project, whilst Renown Engineering possesses the capability to manufacture the quantity of watertight hatches to the project schedule.
Renown Engineering’s Project Manager, Jack McCusker, said: ‘We are so proud to be contributing to such a significant North East project, which will make a huge difference to the region. We look forward to working closely with Westmoor to develop a high-specification, safe solution for the wind farm. Renown hopes to continue contributing to the ever-growing renewables sector.’
Construction work has begun onshore, with offshore work due to start soon. EDF Energy Renewables owns and is overseeing the project. Renown Engineering is scheduled to complete the hatches in April this year.