EDF-ER are able to commence construction of the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator (BOD) due to Shoney Wind’s management and coordination of consents and compliance. BOD will install five innovative offshore gravity-based foundations using a new ‘float and submerge’ installation method – a world first for the offshore wind industry. In addition, BOD will be the first offshore wind project to utilize 66kV submarine cables and the first offshore wind project to install MHI Vestas V164- 8.3MW turbines, currently the largest power-rated offshore turbine in the world.
“Having taken the project from concept stage working as the project manager for NaREC in 2010, I then worked with EDF-ER to acquire the scheme” said Nathalie Stevenson. “It has been a passion of mine to ensure this project came to fruition. I can’t think of a better way to have hard work immortalized, than an offshore wind farm in my own neighbourhood. I know that colleagues at EDF-ER feel the same way. This is another step to making the North East a regional renewable energy hub. I’m pleased to have played my part!”
Nathalie commenced working with EDF on the delivery of the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator (BOD) scheme in November 2014, initially to cover land and property deals. The role was originally envisaged as an interim role, but it expanded to include all onshore and offshore consents. Nathalie completed the Employers Requirements consent and land and property schedules for all the main construction and operation contracts (turbines, foundations, substation). Following contractor selection and detailed design phases, the role included the securing of multiple new consents and variations to enable the installation of the gravity-based foundations. The role was highly pressured due to the project’s innovative content, whereby normally sequential tasks were performed in parallel. Nathalie managed Natural Power, RES and Marine Planning Consultants to secure consents for geotechnical surveys, metocean equipment, unexploded ordnance inspection and survey. Nathalie also acted as Company Fisheries Liaison Officer dealing with all disruption claims from mobile, static and T&J net salmon fishermen. All consents were secured ahead of time in February 2017.