A World First- EDF Wind Farm Bases Floating.

Floating Wind Gravity Bases. Renewables offshore photographers.

It was great to see the EDF wind gravity base being released from it's construction drydock, in the dawn light 04.30 the first floating base was gently drawn from the flood drydock into the river Tyne, Wallsend, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. 

This sees the end of the construction phase photography, now it's onto the offshore installation operation-really looking forward to seeing the completed project installed towards the end of this year. Having my offshore BOSIET etc means access to the construction vessels-mostly Dutch so guaranteed great coffee and creamer. (these are important details for a coffee powered photographer!) 

 Wind gravity bases leaving drydock.

Wind gravity bases leaving drydock.

 Wind gravity base en-route to installation location off coast of Blyth, Northumberland.

Wind gravity base en-route to installation location off coast of Blyth, Northumberland.

EDF ER Chief Executive Matthieu Hue said:

“This is the first major offshore operation on this project and over the coming months people will be able to see the wind farm being built out at sea. This ground-breaking scheme will benefit the North East of England and help the UK to meet its future low carbon electricity needs.

“This is the first time that this float and submerge method has been used on a wind farm project.

The GBFs are held in place by gravity and this unique design reduces the need to use expensive marine equipment for the installation on the sea bed.”

– MATTHIEU HUE

 Wind farm gravity base floating down the river Tyne, watched by an onlooker on an electric bycycle.

Wind farm gravity base floating down the river Tyne, watched by an onlooker on an electric bycycle.

edf wind farm base floating down river offsore

These are a few of the image that were sent out within a couple of hours of the base floating down river, the wind and renewables industry pr, press and social news feeds made for some wide coverage of this world first across the world.