A £10 million investment for the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for Galloper Offshore Wind Farm has been approved by Tendring District Council and the Marine Management Organisation.
The base at Harwich International Port will be home to a team of around 60 people who will operate and maintain the 353 MW wind farm for its expected operational lifetime of more than 20 years.
“This is great news, not just for Galloper Offshore Wind Farm but also Harwich, Tendring and the wider East coast as it secures long-term jobs and a significant investment for the area.”
Galloper’s commitment to the area is already underway as the team has been operating and maintaining the wind farm from temporary facilities in Harwich International Port since the start of its operational phase. First power was generated in November 2017 with all 56 wind turbines generating home grown renewable electricity from March of this year.
Galloper Operations and Maintenance contracts
The Galloper O&M Base will be comprised of:
- a control room to monitor and control all wind farm activity
- a purpose-built pontoon for project vessels
- warehousing and office facilities including a gym
Early ground works are planned to commence by the end of the year. Construction of the base and pontoon is expected to be completed in late in 2019 with the construction works likely to create around 120 local jobs. Two out of the three of the firms supporting the build of the facility are from the East Coast with contracts worth more than £10 million.
“I’m also delighted that the firms supporting the build of the facility are UK based, with two out of three being from the East coast. These deals are significant contracts worth more than £10 million, so the work represents a valuable boost for the local economy.”
Galloper Offshore to generate green electricity for UK homes
Galloper Offshore Wind Farm lies approximately 30km off the coast of Suffolk and each year is expected to generate enough green electricity to power the equivalent of around 380,700 British homes.
“We have worked especially closely with statutory bodies, the Marine Management Organisation and Natural England to ensure our proposals met all the necessary planning requirements and so we are delighted to achieve consent and are now eager to progress the plans and move the base into its construction phase.”
The project is owned by innogy SE, Macquarie Capital, Siemens Financial Services, Sumitomo Corporation, ESB and a consortium managed by Green Investment Group and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. innogy SE has led the development and construction of Galloper Offshore Wind Farm and its ongoing operation 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
- The experience to provide the highest quality services to the world’s best operators in offshore wind and decommissioning as well as the land and development opportunities for manufacturing, installation, logistics and servicing
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]