Following ScottishPower Renewables’ positive final investment decision regarding the £2.5 billion East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm last week (24th February), the company has announced that Peel Ports Great Yarmouth has been selected as the port for construction and installation activities.
The agreement was announced at the start of the Southern North Sea 2016 conference in Norwich today (2nd March), EEEGR’s flagship gathering for the offshore energy sector in the East of England.
Up to £5million is set to be co-invested in Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, ready for the facility to begin supporting construction work in 2018. This follows-on from the recent announcement that the Port of Lowestoft will be the operations and maintenance base for the 30-plus year lifespan of the project.
Jonathan Cole, Managing Director of Offshore Wind at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “East Anglia ONE is progressing quickly, and we are delighted that Peel Ports Great Yarmouth has been chosen to support construction and installation work on our project.
“We are committed to delivering local investment, job creation and training opportunities as part of this project, so it is pleasing that two of our earliest decisions have gone in favour of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.
“East Anglia ONE is the first of up to four projects we would like to build in the Southern North Sea, and we hope that our plans will continue to create jobs and investment in the region for decades to come.”
Richard Goffin, Port Director Peel Ports Great Yarmouth said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with ScottishPower Renewables on the large scale turbine installation programme. The co-investment in the Port of Great Yarmouth further consolidates our position as a leading offshore energy port facility in the UK whilst providing valuable jobs and economic benefits to the region.”
Brandon Lewis, MP for Great Yarmouth, commented: “It is welcome to see Great Yarmouth directly benefiting from the East Anglia ONE project. With so many offshore windfarm projects being developed off the coast of East Anglia, this bodes well for future investment and job opportunities for the region.”