December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 23, 2013
The operators of a giant wind farm set for East Anglia waters have signalled the beginning of the project with the installation of two weather monitoring stations.
Aberdeen-based Wood Group carried out the work for the East Anglia Offshore Wind Zone after being awarded the £17m contract by Vattenfall and ScottishPower Renewables.
The stations will provide data from September and cover an area bigger than Norfolk. It will inform technical and engineering decisions and measure wind speed, direction, temperature and air pressure.
Andy Paine, East Anglia programme director, said: “We have been developing our plans for East Anglia Offshore Wind Zone for more than two years. In this time we have awarded more than £50m worth of contracts to UK businesses and have supported hundreds of jobs – so it is a great achievement to now see the first physical structures being installed offshore.”
The development, East Anglia ONE, will require up to 325 wind turbines and covers an area of 300sq km in the southern North Sea. It will stretch from Lowestoft to Orford – with power coming onshore at Bawdsey.
The operators added: “To date Vattenfall and ScottishPower Renewables have placed more than £15mn of business with firms in the East Anglia region, this is almost a third of the project’s total UK spend. Also, if East Anglia ONE gains consent from the UK Government the construction and operation could deliver £500mn to the region’s economy. East Anglia Offshore Wind will work with the region’s business community and local authorities to help capture that potential. Whilst the bulk of the contract to fabricate and install the meteorological masts went to UK business as a result of an open, competitive tendering process it is important to note that Wood Group Kenny are using local ports and marine vessels during the current commissioning phase.”
Two hundred jobs are set to be created after one of west Norfolk’s largest businesses was granted permission to expand its King’s Lynn facilities.