Offshore, Project Development, Wind Power

E.ON UK’s Robin Rigg Offshore Wind To Power Up

E.ON UK’s offshore wind farm Robin Rigg is expected to begin producing electricity within the next week, reports the Cumbrian Times & Star. Energy firm E.ON is building the £330 million [US $543 million] scheme of 60 turbines on a sandbank seven miles off the West Cumbrian coast.

A spokesman said: “We are looking to get the first power out in the next week or so. It is dependent on the situation with the tides and the weather.”

A cable-laying barge and support vessel can be seen off the coast near Flimby laying the second of two cables that will carry energy from the turbines to a substation at Seaton.

The cables are buried beneath the beach and the sea bed and stretch out to sea, where they connect with an offshore substation at the wind farm. Initially they will only receive the energy from eight wind turbines but once completed Robin Rigg should provide enough energy to power 120,000 homes.

The spokesman said: “It is only the first eight that are connected up and we will then start to look at connecting the others. This will be an opportunity to check that everything is working.”

The construction project has been hit by a number of delays but E.ON is confident of completion before the end of the year.

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