Blyth assets put up for sale

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is selling the "complementary assets" of the Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration project.

ORE Catapult will shortly launch a process putting the assets - comprising the grid connection, associated onshore land rights and wind data - up for sale, after the UK Crown Estate’s decision to seek expressions of interest from developers to deliver the project by 2016-17.

The 14sq km Blyth, off northeast England – the country’s largest consented demonstration site – received planning consent for a 99MW offshore wind project in November.

Last summer, the Crown Estate kicked off a far-reaching stakeholder engagement on a scheme designed to speed prototype offshore wind technologies – including floating turbines, new-look foundations and cable installation equipment – towards commercial readiness.

The Blyth demonstrator, which will be made up of 15 pre-consented “pods” arranged in three arrays in water depths ranging from 38-57 metres, would be the first large-scale deep-water site to spring from this programme.

The decision to offer the site to the market has been taken in consultation with the government and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, which merged last month with Narec, the organisation that brought the site through to consent.