Peel Ports Great Yarmouth has been selected as the port for construction and installation activities for ScottishPower Renewables’ US$3.5 billion East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm.
Up to $7 million will be co-invested to support the construction of primary infrastructure and groundwork. This includes the delivery of yard storage and marshalling, as well as the installation of heavy lift quay facilities.
Components will be preassembled quayside, 30 miles offshore and then loaded onto installation vessels which plan to depart from Great Yarmouth to the windfarm site.
Having successfully provided installation and construction support for the Sherringham Shoal, Lincs and Scroby Sands windfarms, the GYPC has experience in handling vessels supporting offshore wind power generation projects.
Richard Goffin, Port Director, Peel Ports Great Yarmouth said: “This new partnership with ScottishPower Renewables will really strengthen our long term plans to grow and diversify our offering in Great Yarmouth within the energy sector.
“Following the acquisition, we have been able to highlight the benefits that Great Yarmouth can offer to customers and with the support of a wider Group, provide and attract inward investment which will enhance and transform our operations and facilities.
“We are looking forward to working with ScottishPower Renewables and helping them delivers valuable jobs and economic benefits to the region, as part of the East Anglia One offshore windfarm.”
More than 30 years could be added to the life span of East Anglia One when complete, and is planned to provide enough renewable energy to meet the annual electricity demands of the equivalent of 500,000* homes by 2020.
Jonathan Cole, Managing Director of Offshore Wind at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “East Anglia One is progressing quickly. As our chosen port for construction and installation, Great Yarmouth will allow us to deliver the project to the high standards and specifications required.
“We are committed to delivering local investment, local job creation and training opportunities as part of this project, so its pleasing that this work has gone in favour of Great Yarmouth.”
* Calculated taking the number of megawatts (1,200) multiplied by the number of hours in one year (8,766), multiplied by the average load factor for offshore wind for 2014 (most up to date figure available) (34.88 %, published by the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics), divided by the average annual household energy consumption.