1. Great Yarmouth in pole position for strategic wind farm investment

    July 5, 2017

    Press release | 2017-07-05 | 11:05 AM

    Vattenfall and Peel Ports negotiate to secure deal for offshore operations base

    Vattenfall, the developer of two of the world’s largest offshore wind farms off the Norfolk coast, is in talks with Peel Ports to invest in the port at Great Yarmouth, potentially creating well over a hundred jobs, it was revealed today.

    The Swedish energy group is keen to locate its operations base for Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas at the port. It estimates the investment in the port alone could secure up to 150 highly-skilled, long term wind farm technician jobs, based in Norfolk. Vattenfall and port owner Peel Ports recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to continue negotiations on an exclusive basis.

    Ruari Lean, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for Norfolk Vanguard, said: “We have found Peel Ports to be immensely helpful since we launched Norfolk Vanguard in 2016 and so we’re confident we will secure the right location at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth. That’s why we have cemented that relationship by agreeing an MoU last week. It’s clear to me that offshore wind promises real economic benefit to Norfolk. If we get permission to build both Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas, our investment can only do good for the region and continue to put Great Yarmouth at the centre of one of the UK’s fastest growing industries.”

    Richard Goffin, Port Director, Peel Ports Great Yarmouth said: “Since falling under the ownership of Peel Ports Group in 2015 we have made a number of investments to maximise its potential as one of our strategic assets. As well as its existing capabilities in bulk handling and storage, the port is ideally located for decommissioning and other diversified activities. Vattenfall’s ambitions dovetail perfectly with our own vision for commercial ventures at the port, with the aim of bringing new jobs and business opportunities to the area.”

    Vattenfall launched Norfolk Vanguard, a 1.8GW offshore wind farm proposal, in March 2016. Its sister project Norfolk Boreas, also 1.8GW, came forward in early 2017. The Swedish energy group sees the development of wind power as key to realising its vision of being fossil-fuel free in one generation.


  2. Construction hat-trick for £1.5billion Galloper project

    May 17, 2017

     Construction hat-trick for £1.5billion Galloper project

    • First of 56 offshore wind turbines installed at Suffolk wind farm
    • Offshore substation successfully placed
    • Second and final export cable installation underway

    The Galloper Offshore Wind Farm team is celebrating a hat-trick of major construction milestones.

    The first wind turbine is installed, the offshore substation is in place and installation of the second and final export cable is under way.

    Bringing a few busy weeks to an exciting climax, Siemens completed installation of the first 6MW Siemens’ turbine from the Swire Blue Ocean installation vessel Pacific Orca earlier today (16th of May 2017).

    The offshore substation platform was also successfully placed this month on the 336MW wind farm, by Seaway Heavy Lifting’s Oleg Strashnov.

    And a third and significant development in the project was contractor VBNK starting the installation of the second export cable on May the 7th.

    Toby Edmonds, Project Director of Galloper Wind Farm Limited, said: “To reach three key milestones in the project simultaneously and see Galloper take shape after years of planning is a proud moment for all the team and the project partners.

    “Installing the first turbine on an offshore wind farm is always a powerful moment. It’s a tribute to our project partner and turbine supplier, Siemens, who have worked hard with the Galloper team to prepare for this major project milestone. We’re delighted the first turbine has been installed efficiently and safely.

    “The remaining turbines will now be installed and the project will be completed early next year.”

    Installation of the offshore substation, manufactured by Heerema at its fabrication base in Hartlepool on behalf of Alstom Petrofac Consortium, was completed in early May.

    Following the installation of the final export cable, Sizewell beach will be returned to its original condition in the summer. The installation of the project’s offshore array cables which are being installed by the VBMS vessel, the Stemat Spirit, continues with 26 of 56 array cables currently installed.

    The turbines are being shipped from the purpose-built Siemens’ assembly base at Peel Ports, Great Yarmouth, where the towers are put together and prepared by a 70-strong workforce. Up to five turbines are being installed on each trip.

    The construction of the Galloper project is being led on behalf of the project partners by innogy SE.

    innogy is making good progress on projects elsewhere in Europe. The turbine installation for the offshore wind farm Nordsee One 40 km north off the island of Juist is also well under way. Up to 20 of the 54 wind turbines are installed. Once completed, the Nordsee One wind farm will have an installed capacity of 332MW.

    In April 2016 the installation of the turbine foundations was completed. The substation was installed last summer, and the inter-array cable laying was successfully completed in September 2016. Nordsee One is owned by Northland Power Inc. (85%) and innogy SE (15%).

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  3. Early bird gets edge in wind farm investment

    September 29, 2016

    Vattenfall launches campaign to register business interest in major offshore wind farm

    Vattenfall, the developer of one of Norfolk’s largest wind farms, has called on local businesses to register their interest online with the company, advising “it’s important to start early”.

    The Swedish company is at the early stages of developing the 1.8 gigawatt Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm. The project, if consented, is scheduled to start construction and operation in the 2020s.

    Ruari Lean, Vattenfall’s Senior Project Development Manager for the Norfolk Vanguard scheme, said: “Our experience building wind farms in the UK tells us that if we want to maximise local business opportunities it’s important to start engagement early. Companies can benefit from early awareness of the opportunities, especially by understanding how and when to get involved in the  procurement of a wide range of services.”

    The energy firm, which is a member of the East of England Energy Group, recently joined the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber said it is keen to help the region secure business from projects like Norfolk Vanguard.

    Caroline Williams, Chief Executive Officer of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, said: “Renewable energy is becoming increasingly important to the UK and it is great that Norfolk is going to be at the forefront of this new technological solution. We will be working closely with Vattenfall to ensure that local businesses take advantage of the supply chain opportunities this project will bring to the local economy.

    “We will also be working together to ensure that Norfolk’s young people understand the long term career opportunities this project will bring.”

    Businesses in East Anglia are invited to register their interest in Norfolk Vanguard at

    In March this year, Vattenfall launched the Norfolk Vanguard project after agreeing a lease with The Crown Estate, the manager of the seabed. A second development area, Norfolk Boreas, was also agreed with The Crown Estate. Norfolk Boreas, with a target capacity of 1.8 gigawatts, is currently at the very earliest stages of development.