Blyth Offshore Wind Farm

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Blyth Offshore Wind Farm
Fishermen and wind turbines from Blyth North Beach - - 1133638.jpg
Blyth Offshore Wind Turbines in January 2004
CountryEngland, United Kingdom
LocationBlyth, Northumberland
Coordinates55°08′09″N 01°29′25″W / 55.13583°N 1.49028°W / 55.13583; -1.49028Coordinates: 55°08′09″N 01°29′25″W / 55.13583°N 1.49028°W / 55.13583; -1.49028
Commission dateDecember 2000
Construction cost€4.6 million
Shell Renewables
Border Wind
Wind farm
Max. water depth6–11 m (20–36 ft)
Distance from shore1.6 km (1.0 mi)
Hub height62 m (203 ft)
Rotor diameter66 m (217 ft)
Rated wind speed17 m/s (38 mph)
Power generation
Units operational2 x 2 MW
Make and modelVestas: V66-2.0 MW
Nameplate capacity4 MW

Blyth Offshore Wind Farm is a small coastal wind farm located 0.5 miles (0.80 km) off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland, England.


Commissioned in December 2000 as a pilot project, the project was developed by a consortium that included E.ON, Shell Renewables, NUON and Border Wind. E.ON are in charge of operating the farm.[1][2]

The project was the UK's first offshore wind farm, as well as being the largest offshore turbines erected in the world at the time.[3]

There are plans to add a 100 MW test facility of 15 turbines at Blyth and nearby Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, supported by a government grant. The site would be administered by The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), based in Blyth.[4] The test facility received planning consent in November 2013.[5] It is planned with the Vestas V164-8MW and 66 kV cables.[6]

Design and specification[edit]

The farm consists of two Vestas 2 MW turbines.[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ Black, David (5 April 2012). "£300m Blyth offshore wind farm test facility planned by Narec". Newcastle Upon Tyne: The Journal. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ Blyth offshore wind farm test site approved, BBC News, 8 November 2013
  6. ^ "Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Project - Array 2 - 4C Offshore". Retrieved 11 October 2016.

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