Shutdown at EDF's 62MW Teesside

EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) has shut down its 62MW Teesside offshore wind farm while it carries out technical investigations on its turbines off the northeast coast of England.

Teesside, which uses 27 2.3MW Siemens machines, began operating last year.

EDF ER said: “The decision has been taken to so that engineers can carry out investigations on housings for equipment located inside the base of the turbine towers. This does not involve the foundations or the main structure of the turbines.”

Teesside Offshore Wind plant manager Mark Halliday added: “The safety of our people is our highest priority. These investigations will be easier and safer carried out under shut down conditions.

“We are working with the turbine manufacturer, Siemens, to investigate in full and hope to return the wind farm to service as soon as is safely possible.”