21 March 16

Peel Ports Great Yarmouth offshore windfarm co-investment

1ScottishPower Renewables’ £2.5bn East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm has selected Peel Ports Great Yarmouth as the port for construction and installation activities.

The facility will be support activities for the 102 turbine windfarm in 2018/19, and up to £5m will be co-invested.

Richard Goffin, Peel Ports Great Yarmouth’s port director, said: “This new partnership with ScottishPower Renewables will really strengthen our long term plans to grow and diversity out offering in Great Yarmouth within the energy sector.”

This announcement comes just over two months after Peel Ports announced the purchase of Green Yarmouth Port Company Limited (GYPC).

Mr Goffin continued: “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.”

The co-investment will aim to support the construction of primary infrastructure and groundworks, including the delivery of yard storage, marshalling and the installation of heavy lift quay facilities.

Components will be loaded onto installation vessels after being preassembled quayside, the vessels will then depart from Great Yarmouth to the windfarm site which is 30 miles offshore.

Construction is planned to commence in 2017 with the first turbines installed by 2019.

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.

He concluded: “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.”

Source: Port Strategy