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
Blyth Offshore Wind Farm is located in Northumberland
Blyth Offshore Wind Farm
Location of Blyth Offshore Wind Farm in Northumberland
Country England, United Kingdom
Location Blyth, Northumberland
Coordinates 55°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
Status Operational
Commission date December 2000
Construction cost €4.6 million
Owner(s) E.ON
Shell Renewables
Border Wind
Operator(s) E.ON
Wind farm
Type Offshore
Max. water depth 6–11 m (20–36 ft)
Distance from shore 1.6 km (1.0 mi)
Hub height 62 m (203 ft)
Rotor diameter 66 m (217 ft)
Rated wind speed 17 m/s (38 mph)
Power generation
Units operational 2 x 2 MW
Make and model Vestas: V66-2.0 MW
Nameplate capacity 4 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]


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