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Galloper wind farm off the Suffolk coast has started generating power

PUBLISHED: 16:16 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:16 08 November 2017

The foundations for the Galloper offshore wind farm being loaded on to the installation vessel Innovation. The farm has now started generating power. Picture: GeoSea.

The foundations for the Galloper offshore wind farm being loaded on to the installation vessel Innovation. The farm has now started generating power. Picture: GeoSea.

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A wind farm off the East Anglian coast has begun generating power just a year after construction on it began.

The Galloper offshore wind farm generated electricity for the first time on November 5.

Construction on the offshore part of the project – which connects to the onshore grid near Aldeburgh in Suffolk – started in 2016, with the offshore substation and first turbine installation completed in May.

Innogy, which is leading the development and construction of Galloper on behalf of other stakeholders, said 38 of the 56 turbines which will make up the wind farm have now been installed, with completion expected in early 2018.

Project director Toby Edmonds said: “We have generated in record time having built the offshore part of the project in a single year which is a fantastic achievement.”

He added that, due to improved technology from turbine maker Siemens, the power of the turbines has been increased from 6MW to 6.3MW – equal to an extra 17MW across the farm.

It is enough power to supply the equivalent of 40,000 extra homes, bringing the total to the equivalent of more than 380,000 homes.

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