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Port of Blyth celebrates Seagreen contract win

The Port of Blyth has been selected by Seaway 7 as the location for the storage and mobilisation of inter-array cable for the Seagreen offshore wind farm.

The Northumberland based port has already started to receive cable into quayside storage tanks, designed and built by their in-house technical team. In total, approximately 12,000 tonnes of inter-array cable will pass through the Port’s Battleship Wharf Terminal, prior to installation offshore across 2022.

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive of Port of Blyth, said: “Clearly, we are delighted to have been selected by Seaway 7 and look forward to working with them over the course of the project which will only enhance our reputation as one of the UK’s leading offshore energy hubs. We are confident that the award will help to attract further contracts to support the sector.”

In addition, the
Seagreen contract is expected provide a boost to training and education around the Blyth Estuary, providing “real world” experience to students, from STEM to apprenticeship level, gaining inspiration from offshore energy related activity.

Lawlor added: “It’s a real added bonus that this contract can act as a practical learning resource to the thousands of local students focused on the sector. We hope they can become part of the future for offshore wind where there are great opportunities for a rewarding career.”

Seagreen offshore wind farm is located 27 km off the Angus Coast in the Firth of Forth. It will be developed and operated by Seagreen Wind Energy Limited. Once constructed, the wind farm will be the largest in Scotland.

Phase One will feature 114 MHI Vestas
V164-10 MW turbines and is expected to provide low carbon energy for more than one million homes. In September 2019, Seagreen secured a 15-year CfD contract awarded by the UK government. SSE Renewables is leading on the development and construction of the first 1,140 MW phase, supported by Total, and will operate the asset on completion, which is expected in 2022/23.

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