Ports are vying for windfarm work

17:00 21 December 2012

The Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour operated by Eastport.

The Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour operated by Eastport.

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Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth are 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.

As revealed yesterday, 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.

He said: “There is a huge logistical challenge ahead and we are looking to bringing many different skills to the project.

“The planning application is the first step of a significant and real opportunity for us and for businesses across the whole of east Anglia.”

Vattenfall and ScottishPower have spent three years drawing up their detailed plans and have already handed out £7m of contracts to companies for preparation work, such as seabed surveys.

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.

He said: “Obviously there will be open tender negotiations.

“But as a local company we feel we are well placed and have the expertise and skills suitable for the windfarm.”

East Anglia One could be the first of six windfarms in the East Anglia Zone off Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

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  • Maybe if some of the Brits could be bothered to put their pizza down, switch off Jeremy Kyle, and drag their backsides off the sofa then they could be the ones earning good money on the floatels. It can only be good news for our region. How ever many or few jobs it brings are all extra to what's here now. How can that be a negative?

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    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • The question is how to create a liability into an asset in the form of a outer harbour ... All the money and promises over many years producing so little benefit to the local community.... The choice of other ports seem a better option than GY with its current infrastructure and road system.. A sad reflect of what has turned out to be... Instead of what was predicted years ago... The reality is something totally different with no 200 jobs stated as building the outer harbour started...?... Is it a white elephant..?

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    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • t&bics, D'oh!!! or even a bigger double D'oh!!!!....Social Dumping is a fluffy terminology for recruiting foreign workers and paying them well below the going native (Brits) rate. Tis why the floating accommodation is floated. Spanish workers for Spanish projects=Scottish (Spanish) power. The boat for training young Brits was missed by Blair and Co around 10 years ago, when all the daft wind power was mooted....Cheaper options was the concluded reports at the time, ie Social Dumping,which was nodded through by some Disney Euro court....As Moulder once said...The truth is out there!!!!...go find it

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    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Scottish Power =Spanish jobs for Spanish workers=low pay=unemployed native workers=negativity...simples, even for biscuits dippers.

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    Friday, December 21, 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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    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Good news for the all the foreign workers who will live on the “floatels” during the construction phase. This is of course 'social dumping' by the two greedy foreign globalist companies involved.

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    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • t&bics, the terminology of social dumping =lower pay than the natives(Brits)

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    Friday, December 21, 2012

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