Wind energy for the future
Great Yarmouth played a pioneering role in the UK Round 1 Scroby Sands wind farm which first supplied the national grid with electricity in 2005 and has continued to play a vital role in many Round 2 wind farms, including the construction of Sheringham Shoal and Lincs offshore wind farms.
Scroby Sands was one of the first commercial offshore wind farms to be built in the UK. Commissioned in March 2004 the 30-turbine wind farm 3km off the coast has become a popular landmark and tourist attraction. Scroby Sands is operated and maintained by E.ON from the river port in Great Yarmouth.
Looking to the future, Great Yarmouth probably has the world’s largest concentration of offshore wind farm sites within 100 miles, including UK Round 3 wind farms East Anglia Array, Hornsea and Dogger
With its proven expertise, good accessibility and the right location, Great Yarmouth was also chosen to host the operations and maintenance for Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm in 2014 because of the flexibility of its 24/7 harbour, including the ability to handle a range of vessels, and the opportunity to locate offices and warehousing on the quayside. The purpose-built base was opened in 2016.
In 2016, Peel Ports Great Yarmouth was chosen to be Siemens’ wind turbine assembly location and installation base for the 56-turbine, Round 2 wind farm, Galloper, which lies off the Suffolk coast and the construction base for 102-turbine East Anglia ONE wind farm, which is forecast to bring thousands of jobs to the area and substantial investment in the port.
Founded in Great Yarmouth, the 3sun Group is a leading provider of skilled technicians for installation, inspection and operations and maintenance services of onshore and offshore wind turbines throughout the world, specialising in the UK, German and Danish markets.
Energy engineering specialists ODE handle onshore and offshore projects for greenfield and brownfield developments, often in challenging environments. ODE project-managed the 30-turbine Scroby Sands Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Great Yarmouth and more recently has installed a new pontoon and crane facilities on the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm base in Great Yarmouth.
Seajacks was established in Great Yarmouth in 2006 and owns and operates five of the world’s most advanced and capable harsh environment self-propelled jack-up vessels, Kraken, Leviathan, Hydra, Zaratan and Scylla. With a track record of over 300 wind turbine installations, Seajacks’ vessels have proven that they provide an effective solution to the installation and maintenance of offshore wind turbines and foundations. Likewise, in the offshore oil & gas sector, the vessels have brought a new dimension to maintenance; modification; construction and decommissioning of wells and platforms in the North Sea.
Other local and international companies based in Great Yarmouth are already actively engaged in the European offshore wind industry. A new up-to-date capability matrix accurately maps the breadth of services available in Great Yarmouth and the surounding area.