1. 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.

  2. Statoil opens the Dudgeon Operations Centre in Great Yarmouth

    September 9, 2016

    Statoil officially opens the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Operations Centre in Great Yarmouth today as part of the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival.

    The former warehouse on the south bank of the river harbour has been completely redeveloped to accommodate offices and a dedicated 24/7 control room to manage the operations and maintenance of the £1.5 billion Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. Once into operation in 2017 more than 70 people will be working full time with operation and maintenance of the wind farm at the onshore base or at the offshore site.

    Today’s opening event will also incorporate the naming of the wind farm’s purpose built 84-metre service operations vessel, Esvagt Njord. The vessel marks a new approach to operations and maintenance with accommodation for up to 40 wind turbine technicians who will live on the ship and walk to work on the turbines via a special gangway system.

    The Head of Statoil Wind Operations UK Rune Rønvik is very pleased with reaching this milestone: “The location for the O&M base is ideal and we have a purpose built office ideal for our operations. In a wider perspective Statoil may serve other wind farms from this Great Yarmouth base. Already it has been made a principle decision to provide Hywind Scotland – the new pilot wind farm of floating wind turbines currently under construction for installation off the east coast of Scotland – with technical O&M support and control room services from here.”

    Rune Rønvik is also pleased with the new vessel: “We are the first offshore windfarm in the UK using a service operations vessel in regular operations and maintenance. We believe this is a solution for the future as the wind farms get bigger and are located further from shore”.

    The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm can supply more than 410,000 UK homes. The 402MW offshore wind farm will be located some 20 miles off the coast of the seaside town of Cromer in North Norfolk.

    Statoil is developing the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm and will continue as its operator when it starts generating electricity in early 2017.


  3. Great Yarmouth confirmed as turbine assembly base for Galloper

    April 15, 2016

    Great Yarmouth confirmed as turbine assembly base for Galloper

    • £Multi-million co investment in port infrastructure at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth
    • Enabling works will commence immediately
    • Further economic boost for east coast offshore renewables industry

    Galloper Wind Farm Limited (GWFL) has today, 15th April 2016, announced that Peel Ports Great Yarmouth has been chosen as the Siemens wind turbine tower assembly location and installation base for the project. The decision will provide a further boost to the significant investment and jobs that the project will bring to the region. 

    Toby Edmonds, Project Director for GWFL said “Siemens have confirmed Peel Ports Great Yarmouth as their preferred location for turbine assembly and we’re very pleased to be adding to the significant investment in UK infrastructure that Galloper will generate. The investment at the port will pave the way for other prospective offshore renewables projects to utilise this facility helping secure a long term, thriving renewables industry for the region”.

    Siemens, as well as being a project partner of the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, will be supplying and installing the 56, six megawatt turbines for the project and delivering a 15 year maintenance contract.

    He added:  “Peel Ports Great Yarmouth will commence enabling and infrastructure work immediately and Siemens will move onto site in the Spring of next year.  As well as key components of the Galloper Wind Farm such as nacelles, blades, towers and electrical modules arriving via the port, the Great Yarmouth facility will be used for tower pre-assembly and for nacelle preparation before going offshore.  We will also be welcoming one of the largest offshore renewables jack-up vessels in operation in UK waters – the Swire Blue Ocean Pacific Osprey – which will transport components from the Port to the Galloper site.”

    The Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is being constructed by RWE on behalf of the GWFL project partners. The offshore construction phase is scheduled to commence in Summer 2016, with the project commencing operations in March 2018

    Overall, Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is expected to create around 700 jobs during the construction phase and around 90 jobs once operational. The wind farm off the coast of Suffolk, will be capable of generating up to 336MW, enough energy for up to 336,000 homes1. For more information visit our website: