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: www.galloperwindfarm.com