1. Energy businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk invited to exhibit at largest offshore wind conference in the UK

    January 31, 2018

    Global Offshore Wind 2018 Sales Flier


    Tuesday, January 30

    Energy businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk invited to exhibit at largest offshore wind conference in the UK

    BUSINESSES across Norfolk and Suffolk are invited to showcase themselves on the East of England Energy Zone stand at the UK’s largest offshore wind conference and exhibition this summer.

    Global Offshore Wind 2018 will take place at Manchester’s Central Convention Complex, from June 19 to 20. More than 2,500 professionals from across the UK and Europe are expected to attend, with exhibitors showcasing all sectors of the offshore wind industry.

    As part of partnership efforts to drive investment and business in offshore wind across the region, Norfolk County Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Waveney District Council are organising a stand to promote the diverse and experienced supply chain in the area.

    Branded as the East of England Energy Zone, the unique, 42sqm custom-built stand has space to accommodate 10 local businesses, who will each have their graphics printed onto custom-built pods with individual lockable cupboards doubling-up as display counters.

    This unique business community stand also features a four-metre central tower giving visibility throughout the exhibition hall. A reception desk will be manned throughout the show allowing companies the flexibility to leave their display and visit potential customers. To further attract visitors to the stand, an interactive touch-screen will promote stand sharer presentations and film footage.

    Locally-based businesses which have already confirmed their places include Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, Proserv, Rhenus Offshore Logistics, OrbisEnergy, SCORE and EEEGR (East of England Energy Group). Four spaces are left on the stand.

    Cllr Graham Plant, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “With some of the largest offshore wind farms in the world being planned and built just over the horizon, the sector is vital to the regional economy and offers huge business and job opportunities.

    “As England’s offshore energy capital, and a growing offshore wind hub, it is crucial that Great Yarmouth has a high-profile presence at this international event to help capture further growth and jobs for the borough and its communities. For businesses, having a place on our unique, high-profile stand puts you at the forefront of these efforts and helps you to raise your profile with the key people in the world of offshore wind.”

    Positions on the stand are priced at £2,500 plus VAT, including an exhibition visitor pass and freight of literature and display items. For further details or to secure your position, please contact Cheryl Stockwell at Waveney District Council on 01502 523219 or

    Notes to editors:

    • Global Offshore Wind 2018 is hosted by Renewable UK. For more details on the conference, visit
    • The East of England Energy Zone (EEEZ) was established by the Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance (NSEA) to focus and smooth the way for future investment and development of the sector.
  2. Turbine installation complete at Galloper

    January 29, 2018

    Press Release | December 22, 2017

    • All major offshore construction completed within a year
    • Wind farm preparing for full generation Spring 2018
    • innogy leading construction and operation on behalf of project partners

    innogy SE today [22nd December] announced that the final wind turbine has been installed at Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, concluding the installation of all 56 Siemens Gamesa turbines. The wind farm, which generated power for the first time on 5th November, will eventually be capable of generating enough power for over 380,000 homes[1]. Construction of the 353MW project, which is being built off the coast of Suffolk, is expected to be finished in Spring 2018.

    Commenting on the milestone, Project Director Toby Edmonds said: “We only installed the first turbine in May of this year so it’s great to get it wrapped up in time for Christmas. At 180 metres tall, these are the biggest offshore wind turbines we’ve installed to date plus we’ve installed them in water up to 36 metres deep, so quite a feat of engineering and construction. This is a superb achievement made possible by a great team and great contract partners. Our focus now is to finish off commissioning works and get to full power in 2018.”

    Clark MacFarlane from Siemens Gamesa said: “We are delighted to celebrate, with all involved from the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm team, the timely completion of installation of the turbines at Galloper. Everyone has worked together to deliver an important project in a landmark year for both Siemens Gamesa and the wind power industry in the UK.”

    The project is owned by innogy SE, Macquarie Capital, Sumitomo Corporation, and Siemens Financial Services. innogy is leading the project construction on behalf of the partners, and is one of the leading renewable developers in the world, with a significant installed renewables capacity of 3.7GW. Currently innogy has more than 0.9GW of installed capacity in offshore wind, with six offshore wind farms in operation, two currently in construction including Galloper, and a number in development.

    [1] Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlating to suitable reanalysis weather data providing longer term data. The calculations are based on an installed capacity of up to 336MW. The energy capture predicted and hence derived homes equivalent or emissions savings figures may change as further data are gathered. Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4500 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household figures from the UK Statistics Authority.

    For more information about the Galloper Wind Farm visit:


  3. 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.