GREAT Yarmouth is vying for the opportunity to run port operations for the East Anglia One windfarm which, if built, could add £500m to the region’s economy.

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A planning application has been put in by Vattenfall and ScottishPower to build up to 325 turbines 43 miles off the Suffolk coast south of Lowestoft, which could see construction start in 2016.

As part of the project an analysis will start next year to see if Yarmouth, Lowestoft or Harwich will be the port to serve the turbines’ construction, laying cables to Bawsdey, near Felixstowe and helping to run the vast site.

And it has also been revealed that “floatels” will be set up in the North Sea for construction workers.

Jason Martin, programme director for the windfarm, said that whichever port was chosen, companies in Norfolk and Suffolk were set to benefit from the turbines, which could provide power for up to 770,000 homes and create 1,600 construction jobs and take 170 engineers and technicians to run them.

Yarmouth-based marine company Gardline Marine Services was one of the first firms to be awarded contracts and it has spent 400,000 man hours carrying out survey work.

It sent out two ships to the site and each spent the equivalent of a year surveying the 6,000 sq km set aside for the turbines.

John Morse, head of renewables at Gardline, hopes the company will be involved in the windfarm’s construction and its operational life of more than 20 years.

10 comments

  • I guess the port being designed and invested in to gather more prosperity than this might be a good reason to comment Tom. This business probably would not have been given a second look if it had been a containerferry port.

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    Marigold

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Maybe it depends on whether it's the real truth or the alternative "truth" which a few names on here wheel out time after time.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Tom. All those jobs ?. I doubt it. no skills base, so the workers will have to come from away, or they will be non existent jobs like the outer disaster. What about Yarmouths infrastructure ?No good for work like this, and the farm itself, South of Lowestoft, near Felixtowe. What is near Felixtowe ?. Harwich, with all their infrastructure in place. Yarmouth might get a few crumbs but that is all. As for you saying the "Programme Director" said ..... that means nothing. Just a mouthpiece for the company.The words could, could, could, being banded about, means nothing is certain. How did he get to the figures quoted, about jobs & engineers etc ?. I wonder if experience will count for anything or it will be yet another case of not what you know, but who you know.

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    "V"

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Harwich might be a little to busy for this but the likes of Great Yarmouth with its outer harbor and Lowerstoft could share the work. We know Yarmouth can do it as it has just handled the 80 off Sheringham.

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    pa012d9924

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Harwich must be in the running to serve this new windfarm and the various construction phases. It has everything needed for such a major project. The port has done well with the Greater Gabbard construction work and is equipped for this much larger project. The road and rail infrastructure is much better than that serving Yarmouth and it has already been announced that Harwich is to have a major windfarm servicing base created there for the many windfarms in the southern North Sea, the Thames and the Channel.

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    Port Watcher

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • I doubt you will need the road and rail networks for the offshore windfarms - as all products used will come in via sea and will then leave at sea. Hopefully all ports can be used for this.

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    ReapnSow

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Sorry Tom. I did reply but i am being part of the discriminatory censorship being shown by this paper whenever the truth does not correspond with this papers blinkered, rosebud view of the town

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    "V"

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Local jobs for local workers - I think not. I am still awaiting the wonderful contracts that were supposedly coming our way which were promised late summer by the operators of the Outer Harbour.

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    BG

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • From one "Harbinger of doom", this is good news, the concern has always been use of public money in a transparent way, without deals behind 30 year cloaks of secrecy. Another attraction of wind farms is the reduced running and manning and operational costs, once they have been installed. I doubt the number of lighthouse keeper permanent jobs being touted.

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    The Lone Gunman

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Come on "V", John Cooper or John Norton. Tell us all why this is terrible news, or that it isn't going to happen at all. I mean, it is only Programme Director himself who says there are jobs coming, but what's the betting these harbingers of doom will want more proof!

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    Tom Jeffries

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

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