GE Renewable Energy has received the official planning approval from local authorities for its manufacturing plant in Teesside, UK, where LM Wind Power will operate the facility which will be dedicated to the production of its 107-metre-long blades for GE’s Haliade-X offshore wind turbines.
The construction of the blade manufacturing plant is planned to begin later this year, after all contractual documents are finalised.
Plans for the new facility were submitted to the local planning authorities this Spring.
The UK has fired up an old coal power plant to meet its electricity needs.
Warm, still autumn weather has meant wind farms have not generated as much power as normal, while soaring prices have made it too costly to rely on gas. As a result, National Grid ESO – which is responsible for balancing the UK’s electricity supply – confirmed coal was providing 3% of national power.
It said it asked EDF to fire up West Burton A, which had been on standby.
A National Grid ESO spokesman said there had been a three-day coal-free run in mid-August. However, the country had relied on some coal power every day since then.