Following ScottishPower Renewables’ positive final investment decision regarding the £2.5 billion East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm last week (24th Feb), the company has announced that Peel Ports Great Yarmouth has been selected as the port for construction and installation activities.
The agreement was announced at the start of the Southern North Sea 2016 conference in Norwich today (2nd March), EEEGR’s flagship gathering for the offshore energy sector in the East of England.
Up to £5million is set to be co-invested in Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, ready for the facility to begin supporting construction work in 2018. This follows-on from the recent announcement that the Port of Lowestoft will be the operations and maintenance base for the 30-plus year lifespan of the project.
Jonathan Cole, Managing Director of Offshore Wind at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “East Anglia ONE is progressing quickly, and we are delighted that Peel Ports Great Yarmouth has been chosen to support construction and installation work on our project.
“We are committed to delivering local investment, job creation and training opportunities as part of this project, so it is pleasing that two of our earliest decisions have gone in favour of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.
“East Anglia ONE is the first of up to four projects we would like to build in the Southern North Sea, and we hope that our plans will continue to create jobs and investment in the region for decades to come.”
Richard Goffin, Port Director Peel Ports Great Yarmouth said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with ScottishPower Renewables on the large scale turbine installation programme. The co-investment in the Port of Great Yarmouth further consolidates our position as a leading offshore energy port facility in the UK whilst providing valuable jobs and economic benefits to the region.”
Brandon Lewis, MP for Great Yarmouth, commented: "It is welcome to see Great Yarmouth directly benefiting from the East Anglia ONE project. With so many offshore windfarm projects being developed off the coast of East Anglia, this bodes well for future investment and job opportunities for the region."
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About East Anglia ONE:
East Anglia ONE will see 102 wind turbines installed in the southern North Sea, approx. 26 miles off the coast. The overall investment will be in the region of £2.5 billion, and the project is planned to meet the annual electricity demands of the equivalent of 500,000 homes.
Construction is planned to commence in 2017, with the first turbines installed by 2019, and hopes that the project will be fully operational during 2020.
East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm project is likely to include:
Offshore wind turbines and foundations (102 wind turbines to provide an installed capacity of 714 megawatts).
An offshore substation to collect the electricity from the turbines and transform it to a form suitable for transfer to shore.
Two offshore export cables, each around 85 km in length, to transfer the electricity to shore.
A landfall site with onshore transition pits to connect the offshore and onshore cables.
Six onshore underground cables, each of around 37 km in length, to transfer the electricity from landfall to an onshore converter station.
An onshore substation adjacent to the existing substation at Bramford, Suffolk, to connect the offshore windfarm to the National Grid.