Plans for wind farm operations & maintenance base in Harwich confirmed

Wind Turbines The Galloper offshore wind farm has confirmed they are pursuing planning permission in relation to an Operations & Maintenance (O&M) base in Harwich. A lease has been agreed in principle with Harwich International Port for the O&M base and associated infrastructure.

The development and construction of Galloper is being led by energy company Innogy SE. The total cost of the project is estimated at £1.5 billion.

“We have recently agreed a lease in principle with Harwich International Port for the Galloper O&M base and are currently pursuing planning permission in relation to this.  Following the redesign of the project in 2015 we considered a number of options in relation to the Operations & Maintenance base and Harwich meets the project’s specific requirements.”

Toby Edmonds, Project Director, Galloper Wind Farm

About the Galloper project

Wind TurbinesThe Galloper Wind Farm is an extension of the existing and fully operational Greater Gabbard Wind Farm off the coast of Suffolk. It was previously thought that Galloper’s developers had selected the Port of Lowestoft as a location for the O&M base. Lowestoft currently houses the offshore construction coordination base for the project and over the next two years, 40 personnel from the Galloper Wind Farm and their contractors will be based at the port while the construction phase of the project is underway.

The Galloper project will comprise of 56 turbines manufactured by Siemens. Local Essex company CWind won a 2 year contract from Siemens to install and maintain all their UK offshore turbines as well as their first export contracts in the Netherlands and Germany. The wind turbines used at Galloper are 6 megawatts (MW). Each one is nearly twice the size of the 3.6 MW turbines used in Gunfleet Sands Essex’s first windfarm. The electricity generated will cater to the needs of approximately 336,000 households. Commercial production is scheduled to commence in 2018 and is expected to provide clean energy for 25 years.  

The Harwich offer

Harwich is part of the UK’s largest port complex and is one of the UK’s largest and most experienced port complexes in the offshore renewables industry. Harwich is located in the centre of Europe’s offshore wind activity, accessible to the Southern North Sea Gas projects and offers…

  • Harwich PortSheltered deep water with 2km of quays for Jack-up barges, work boats and over 0.8 km2 (200 acres) of land available
  • An intermodal rail head and a London train time of 1hr 25m giving Harwich excellent connectivity by rail as well as air, road and sea
  • The experience to provide the highest quality services to the world’s best operators in offshore wind and decommissioning as well as the land and development opportunities for manufacturing, installation, logistics and servicing

How INVEST Essex have been involved

INVEST Essex has worked with Harwich International Port via a prospectus and has supported the facility co-exhibiting at the East of England Energy Group’s (EEEGR) Southern North Sea (SNS) conference with Harwich International Port earlier in the year. The EEEGR’s SNS conference attracts key energy industry players and upwards of 500 delegates from across the industry and supply chain.

See here for more information on INVEST Essex.

Sources [Galloper Wind Farm] [4 Offshore]

Robert Edge
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Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and renewables sector.