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Made on Teesside – drone footage shows giant wind farm which saved yard and brought jobs


Made on Teesside - drone footage shows giant wind farm which saved yard and brought jobs
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A wind farm using the world’s most powerful offshore turbines – with transition pieces made on Teesside – has had its official opening.

Each turbine in Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension wind farm is higher than the London Gherkin – and the yellow transition pieces that link the massive towers to their foundations were made at Offshore Structures Britain in Haverton Hill.

It was the first project won by OSB, in a move that saved the Haverton Hill yard from the scrap heap and generated 200 jobs for Teesside. Burbo Bank, off Liverpool Bay, is the first time the huge MHI Vestas turbines have been deployed commercially.

With 80-metre long blades, the turbines can power an entire house for 29 hours with just one rotation. It’s the contract win that kickstarted a long-standing relationship with DONG Energy for the Stockton yard and led to further work.

Earlier this month the final six transition pieces for another of DONG’s projects, the Walney Extension wind farm, made their way from OSB’s yard along the Tees to their final destination off the coast of Cumbria.

(Photo: Michael Tucker)

(Photo: Michael Tucker)

A third contract win, for the Hornsea Project One contract, will guarantee work for 200 on Teesside for at least another year.

The Burbo Bank scheme’s backers say the project has helped develop the UK supply chain; Teesside isn’t the only area to benefit – with turbine blades designed and made in the Isle of Wight and assembly taking place in Belfast.

Dong Energy said just one of the turbines produces more energy than the whole of Vindeby, the world’s first offshore wind farm which the company constructed 25 years ago in Denmark.

Claus Bojle Moller,Programme Director Burbo Bank Extension, underneath one of the 195 metre high wind turbines (Photo: Liverpool Echo)

Claus Bojle Moller,Programme Director Burbo Bank Extension, underneath one of the 195 metre high wind turbines (Photo: Liverpool Echo)

Chief executive Henrik Poulsen said: “Burbo Bank Extension showcases the rapid innovation in the offshore wind industry. “Less than 10 years ago at Burbo Bank, we were the first to install Siemens 3.6mw wind turbines and in this short time, the wind turbines have more than doubled in capacity.

“Pushing innovation in this way reduces the cost of electricity from offshore wind and will help to advance the offshore wind industry across the world.” Steve Rotheram, metro mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “The offshore wind industry has a huge contribution to make to the growing UK based supply chain.” Source: gazettelive

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