First Blyth Gravity-Based Foundation Installed

The first gravity-based foundation (GBF) built for the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Project has been installed onto the seabed. The second of the total of five GBFs has also arrived at the site and is ready to be installed.

This marks the first time the specialist ‘float and submerge’ method has been used on an offshore wind farm, EDF Energy Renewables reported via social media.

In June 2016, Royal BAM Group won a contract to design, fabricate and install five full-size gravity base foundations on the offshore wind farm located 5.7km off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland.

The foundation design utilises ‘self-installing’ technology, developed by two BAM companies, BAM Nuttall and BAM Infra. The design has been carried out by BAM Infraconsult, which assigned COWI to assist with geotechnical interpretation and load definition.

The foundations combine a steel reinforced concrete foundation, with a steel monopile, allowing the installation in water depth of up to 45 metres while eliminating noise from pile hammering during installation.

The 41.5MW Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Project is the first to utilise the hybrid gravity based foundations, as well as 66kV electrical infrastructure.

It will feature five MHI Vestas 8MW turbines optimised to deliver a maximum output of 8.3MW.

(Source, Photo: EDF Energy Renewables/ LinkedIn)

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