The United Kingdom’s first offshore wind turbine will finally be taken down after nearly 20 years of operation and pioneering the world’s largest offshore wind market.
E.ON Energy, one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies, announced on Tuesday that the 4 megawatt (MW) Blyth Offshore Wind Farm, located off the Northumberland coast in the country’s east, will be decommissioned beginning in April and with work expected to last around four to six weeks.
The Blyth Offshore Wind Farm was built in 2000 and consists of two 2 MW wind turbines that on average generated enough power to supply the equivalent needs of over 2,000 homes each year while preventing 4,520 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
“Blyth Offshore Wind Farm holds a special significance for us all at E.ON as our – and the UK’s – first offshore development,” said Patrick Rainey, Offshore Technical Specialist at E.ON is leading the project. “Through Blyth, we were able to demonstrate to the watching world that the technology worked, and we’ve been able to use our experience and learning to go on to develop a further 1.5GW of wind capacity off the UK coast.
“Wind farms typically have a lifespan of around 20-25 years, and so Blyth Offshore Wind Farm has reached the end of its time. I think we can all be proud of the role it’s played in the renewable energy industry, and its legacy for the port and waters around Blyth.”
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