Teeside offshore wind farm project
June 19 2013
EDF Energy Renewables has completed the construction of its Teesside offshore wind farm near Redcar.
All 27 turbines at the 62MW windfarm have been installed and 13 of them are already generating electricity. The Teesside project is owned jointly by EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles and managed by their joint venture EDF Energy Renewables.
The project’s development, engineering and construction have been entirely handled by EDF Group and its completion is an important step in establishing EDF Group’s credentials in the offshore wind energy industry.
Offshore construction work on the Teesside scheme started in February 2012 and the project is EDF Energy Renewables’ first UK offshore wind farm.
Once fully operational, the wind farm will produce enough low carbon electricity to supply the annual needs of approximately 40,000 homes, or the equivalent of most of the households in Redcar and Cleveland. It will offset the annual release of approximately 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.
EDF Energy Renewables CEO Christian Egal said: “This marks an important moment for the company and we are now working towards the wind farm becoming fully operational in the near future. I would like to thank the teams involved in getting us to this milestone.
“The Teesside wind farm demonstrates our expertise and commitment to contributing to a diverse, low carbon generation mix for the UK.
“Developments like this were intended as pioneering projects. Experience gained here builds our credentials as a major player in wind energy and it will be invaluable in the development of other offshore wind farms.”
As the project moves from the construction phase to becoming fully operational, responsibility for the scheme will transfer to a new EDF Energy Renewables’ operational team. It’s expected that 16 new jobs, based at the Port of Hartlepool, including a maintenance team for turbine manufacturer Siemens, will be created to support the windfarm.
EDF Energy Renewables already has over 400 MW of onshore wind energy in operation and the capacity the company installed since the beginning of 2013 alone is 162 MW, showing the acceleration in pace of EDF Group’s expansion in renewables activities in the United Kingdom.
The company is also currently involved in pre-planning application consultation on a proposed offshore wind farm, Navitus Bay, near the Isle of Wight, in a joint venture project with Eneco.
For more information please contact:
EDF Energy Renewables - 01452 652233
Notes to Editors:
EDF Energy Renewables
EDF Energy Renewables is a 50:50 Joint Venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles. It combines its parent companies’ renewable energy development skills, expertise, and resources in one place to spearhead EDF Group’s renewables development activities in the UK.
The creation of EDF Energy Renewables formalised the long standing cooperation of the two EDF Group companies and created a vehicle for the development, acquisition and operation of renewable energy assets, both on and offshore, in the UK.
In the period 2012-2013 EDF Energy Renewables built windfarms with a total installed capacity of 260MW - by the end of 2013 the company will have over 500MW of installed renewable capacity across 25 operational wind farms.
EDF Energy is one of the UK's largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-sixth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy's safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK's largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain's homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK's future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.
EDF Energy also operates Cottam and West Burton coal stations in Nottinghamshire and is close to completion of its new 1300MW Gas Fired CCGT power station - West Burton B, which will supply around 1.5 million homes. Two of the three units are in full commercial operation, with the final unit scheduled for end of August 2013.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe's largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.
EDF Energies Nouvelles
Operating in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles is a market leader in green electricity production, with a portfolio of 5,372 MW of gross installed capacity. With a development focused on wind and solar photovoltaic energy, the Company recently entered new promising markets: Israel, Morocco, South Africa and Poland, and is expanding its business in offshore wind energy. The Company is also present in other segments of the renewable energy market: marine energy, biogas, biomass and small hydro as well as in distributed energies. EDF EN manages renewable energy projects’ development and construction as well as operation and maintenance for its own accord and for third parties. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF Group and its renewable energy arm.
For more information, please visit: www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com.