Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pounds 14.8m Deal for Testing Offshore Wind Turbines

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pounds 14.8m Deal for Testing Offshore Wind Turbines

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Byline: Andrew Hebden

A pounds 14.8m deal has been signed to build the world's largest facility for testing offshore wind turbines in Northumberland.

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Blyth has awarded the contrcat to Shepherd Construction to deliver a the 3,000sq metre building for testing entire offshore wind turbine nacelles of up to 15MW capacity. A nacelle is a cover that houses all of the generating components in a wind turbine, including the generator, gearbox, drive train, and brake assembly.

Tony Quinn, director of major assets and projects at Narec, said it was a signficant deal in the developnment of the site.

"This is the third new building being built by Shepherd Construction for Narec in Blyth as part of a pounds 100m investment in the site," he said.

"The 15MW test facility will be commissioned in the summer of 2013 and will cement our position as a world leading centre for the research, development and demonstration of innovative offshore renewable energy technologies."

The new structure will be a 32-metre high steel framed building constructed with 1,300 tonnes of steel. …

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