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Great Yarmouth port chosen as construction base for Galloper wind farm

PUBLISHED: 11:05 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:08 15 April 2016

Great Yarmouth Port Company Limited trading as Peel Ports Great Yarmouth.
The newest and largest vessel in the Seajacks fleet called Scylla docked in the outer harbour.

Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth Port Company Limited trading as Peel Ports Great Yarmouth. The newest and largest vessel in the Seajacks fleet called Scylla docked in the outer harbour. Picture: James Bass

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Great Yarmouth port has been chosen as the assembly and installation base for the 56-turbine Galloper offshore wind farm.

‘Helping to support job creation’

Peter Wright, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s economic development officer, said: “This announcement is great news for the port, for Great Yarmouth and the wider region, helping to support job creation and economic growth.

“Great Yarmouth is already world renowned as England’s offshore energy sector capital and this investment reflects confidence in the local economy, the skills of the workforce, the port facilities and the borough’s status as a Centre of Offshore Renewable Engineering.

“The borough is well placed to benefit from the significant investment in energy planned for East Anglia in the next five years, particularly offshore wind, as the region has some of the best conditions anywhere in the world to develop large-scale offshore wind projects.”

He added: “The borough council is committed to working with partners to build on creating conditions for further private and public investment, ensuring the borough and wider region is best placed to capture sustainable growth and its benefits for local communities and businesses.”

The agreement includes a multi-million pound co-investment in port infrastructure to support the work, including the delivery of yard storage and marshalling, as well as the installation of heavy lift quay facilities.

Siemens will supply 56 six-megawatt turbines for the Galloper wind farm, which will have the capacity to generate enough energy for up to 336,000 homes a year.

Components such as nacelles, blades, towers and electrical modules will arrive at Great Yarmouth via the port, where they will be pre-assembled quayside before going offshore.

Enabling work will commence immediately and Siemens is expected to move onto the site spring of next year.

The decision to locate works at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth will provide a further boost to the significant investment and jobs creation that the project will bring to the region.

Toby Edmonds, project director for Galloper Wind Farm Ltd, said: “Siemens has confirmed Peel Ports Great Yarmouth as its preferred location for turbine assembly and we’re very pleased to be adding to the significant investment in UK infrastructure that Galloper will generate.”

Peel Ports Great Yarmouth’s selection to the Galloper Wind Farm project come just weeks after it was named as the port for construction and installation activities for ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia One offshore wind farm.

Richard Goffin, port director at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, said the deal would consolidate the port’s position as a leading offshore energy port facility in the UK.

He said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Galloper wind farm team to deliver this important offshore wind farm project through a co-investment in the port estate.

“The enabling works are in the detailed design phase and are planned to develop out 30pc of the available land within the outer harbour. Construction will commence this summer.

“This project will accelerate planned infrastructure improvements to Peel Ports Great Yarmouth and will benefit future wind farm developments and the wider energy sector for many years to come.”

The Galloper Wind Farm is an extension of the existing and fully operational Greater Gabbard wind farm off the coast of Suffolk.

It will be constructed by RWE on behalf of the Galloper Wind Farm Limited partners, with the offshore construction phase scheduled to commence in the summer of 2016. The wind farm is scheduled to commence operations in March 2018.

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