Suffolk port picked as offshore wind hub

Two offshore wind projects have selected a Suffolk port as the construction and operations hub. The Port of Lowestoft will be the base for the East Anglia ONE and Galloper wind […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Two offshore wind projects have selected a Suffolk port as the construction and operations hub.

The Port of Lowestoft will be the base for the East Anglia ONE and Galloper wind farm projects.

ScottishPower Renewables agreed a 30-year contract worth £25 million with Associated British Ports (ABP).

It claims around 100 people will be employed full time when East Anglia ONE, with a capacity of 714MW, is completed.

It follows the firm’s announcement that plans for East Anglia THREE have been submitted.

Jonathan Cole, Managing Director of Offshore Wind at ScottishPower Renewables said: “In Lowestoft we will manage construction activities and operate and maintain our East Anglia ONE project for at least the next three decades. This will support highly skilled, long-term jobs, both directly and across our supply chain.”

The port will also be the construction base for the Galloper wind project which is expected to have a capacity of 336MW.

It is a joint venture between the Green Investment Bank (GIB), project developer RWE Innogy, Siemens Financial Services and Macquarie Capital.

Toby Edmonds, Project Director for Galloper Wind Farm, said: “Our team, which will include both existing and locally-sourced personnel, will be located in the area until at least March 2018 and with that, we expect lots of positive spin-off benefits for local businesses.”

Research and development in the energy industry have been neglected in recent years in favour of the mass deployment of renewable technologies, said Energy Secretary Amber Rudd who added coal stations will be closed by 2025.