The construction of the £10 million state-of-the art operations & maintenance (O&M) base for Galloper Offshore Wind Farm has begun at Harwich International Port. These works are planned to take around 12 months to complete and create 120 direct and indirect jobs, with the base itself being home to a team of 60 who will operate and maintain the 353 megawatt (MW) wind farm.
“The ground-breaking is a symbolic but significant milestone as it has been quite a journey for us to first select the location of the base and then take it through the onshore and offshore planning consent to now be at the stage where construction is underway.”
Galloper Wind Farm Ltd.
Approval for the base was received from the Marine Management Organisation and Tendring District Council in September 2018 and it is expected that the innogy and Siemens Gamesa employees who make up the Galloper team will move in to the new base in early 2020.
Galloper Offshore Wind Farm facilities
The Galloper O&M Base will be comprised of a 24/7 control room to monitor and manage all wind farm activity; a purpose-built pontoon for the crew transfer vessels that take workers offshore daily; a fully-equipped gym; plus warehousing, office facilities and a new access road off the A120.
“It is so important to have facilities such as this new operations and maintenance base because they provide job opportunities for local people, not just at the base itself but in its construction, facility management, security and within a wide range of related supply chain businesses. Offshore wind is an important part of our low carbon national infrastructure, and Galloper’s presence may be the catalyst for Harwich to become an important national centre for energy related activity – all of which fits well with our Tendring4Growth initiative.”
Cabinet Member for Investment and Growth
Tendring District Council
Local East of England companies constructing the wind farm
The amount of green power the wind farm’s 56 turbines is expected to generate on average each year is approximately equal to the annual electricity needs of more than 380,000 UK households.
There are three main contractors who will build the facility, with two being local east coast companies:
- Farrans Construction – assigned to design, fabricate and install the pontoon
- R G Carter – assigned to design and construct the building
- Jackson Civil Engineering Group – assigned to design and construct the access road
“This facility will benefit the local economy and community and will allow us to proudly play our part in providing sustainable energy across the Essex region.”
Director and General Manager
R G Carter
About Galloper Wind Farm Ltd.
Galloper is already committed to the area as the team operating and maintaining the wind farm have been working out of temporary facilities in Harwich International Port since early 2017.
Galloper is owned by innogy SE (25%), Siemens Financial Services (25%), Sumitomo Corporation (12.5%), ESB (12.5%) and a consortium managed by Green Investment Group and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (25%). innogy SE led the development and construction of Galloper Offshore Wind Farm and operates the wind farm on behalf of the project partners.
Harwich International Port
Harwich is part of the UK’s largest port complex and is one of the UK’s largest and most experienced port complexes in the offshore renewables industry. Harwich is located in the centre of Europe’s offshore wind activity, accessible to the Southern North Sea Gas projects and offers:
- Sheltered deep water with 2km of quays for Jack-up barges, work boats and over 0.8 km2 (200 acres) of land available
- An intermodal rail head and a London train time of 1hr 25m giving Harwich excellent connectivity by rail as well as air, road and sea
For more information on Harwich International Port, see here
For more information about Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, visit their website here: www.galloperwindfarm.com
[Source: Galloper Wind Farm Ltd.]