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Businesses hear about local opportunities in £2.5bn East Anglia ONE project at supply chain event

PUBLISHED: 16:43 02 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:29 03 March 2017

Jonathan Cole, managing director of offshore at ScottishPower Renewables, speaks to delegates at the East Anglia ONE supply chain day at Norfolk Showground. Picture: Pier Marketing

Jonathan Cole, managing director of offshore at ScottishPower Renewables, speaks to delegates at the East Anglia ONE supply chain day at Norfolk Showground. Picture: Pier Marketing

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The developers of the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm have hailed the calibre of local businesses present at a supply chain event.

ScottishPower Renewables welcomed hundreds of businesses at the event, from civil and electrical engineering to port support and logistics firms.

It formed part of the East of England Energy Group’s two-day Southern North Sea conference.

The energy giant is in the process of finalising its major contracts for the £2.5bn project, with more than 50% of the investment expected to be in the UK.

At the event a number of the company’s East Anglia ONE contractors spoke to the audience about the scope of the works, the services they will provide and opportunities for other businesses to get involved.

Jonathan Cole, managing director of offshore at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “I am really pleased with the level of attendance, both in terms of the number and the relevance and calibre of the attendees.

“I feel we have managed to get access to a lot of significant players in the local supply chain.”

Onshore construction works for the East Anglia ONE are due to start shortly, with offshore infrastructure to be fitted next year and the first of its 102 turbines – which together will generate 714Mw – to be fitted in 2019.

Mr Cole said the wind farm is expected to be the largest in the world when it is completed in 2020.

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