Great Yarmouth outer harbour developments
Construction works to enhance the port infrastructure at Great Yarmouth outer harbour for several high profile offshore wind projects have begun. A multi-million-pound co-investment has been agreed for The UK North Sea port to support the construction of primary infrastructure and ground works for the Galloper Wind Farm and East Anglia ONE Wind Farm projects.
Richard Goffin, Port Director at Great Yarmouth, believes this latest investment in port-side facilities will consolidate Great Yarmouth’s position as a leading offshore energy port facility in the UK. “The start of these works marks significant progress in our plans to grow and diversify our offering at Great Yarmouth within the energy sector. These planned infrastructure investments will benefit future wind farm developments and the wider energy sector for many years to come.”
Construction work will include the delivery of a yard storage and marshalling area, as well as the installation of heavy-lift quay facilities. This area will serve as the arrival hub for many of the key components of the Galloper Wind Farm such as nacelles, blades, towers and electrical modules, and as the base for the tower pre-assembly and nacelle preparation. These components will be shipped in from their manufacturing facilities and after preparation they will be loaded onto the specialist installation vessels for transport to the nearby development sites.
Charlie Jordan, the Scottish Power Renewables Project Director for East Anglia ONE commented, ”Peel Ports Great Yarmouth will be integral to the successful delivery of East Anglia ONE, which will be one of the largest offshore wind farms to go into construction anywhere in the world. The industry-leading Siemens turbines we are using have blade lengths of 75 metres, so the size and scale of the equipment that will be handled by Great Yarmouth is pretty impressive. This development work will ensure that the facilities at Great Yarmouth are some of the best anywhere for delivering large-scale offshore wind farms.”
“East Anglia ONE is the first of up to four projects we would like to build in the Southern North Sea, so we hope that our plans will continue to create jobs and investment in the region for decades to come.”
Siemens will supply 56 six-megawatt turbines for the Galloper Wind Farm and 102 seven-megawatt turbines for the East Anglia ONE Wind Farm. The work on the quay development is expected to be completed by mid 2017 and the port is already busy with decommissioning work of offshore rigs and structures at a dedicated facility in the port.
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