Wind farm operator agrees 25 year lease for Yarmouth port base

Eliza O'Toole deputy chairman of Great Yarmouth Port Eliza O'Toole deputy chairman of Great Yarmouth Port

Monday, June 2, 2014
4:19 PM

Great Yarmouth’s emergence as a home for the region’s burgeoning energy sector was again underscored after the operators of the Dudgeon offshore windfarm confirmed it would be home to its operations and maintenance base.

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Last week the government confirmed it was committing an extra £3m to Gorleston’s Beacon Park site in a bid to attract more energy firms to the area.

Now, in a separate move, Dudgeon Offshore Wind has signed an initial 25 year lease with Great Yarmouth Port Company Ltd to lease 1.7 acres of land on South Denes Road, a warehouse on the demise and access to the river harbour quay.

This site, which will allow for 24 hour/seven day a week operations, will be the Dudgeon base for the operations and maintenance activity during the lifetime of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, which is to be built 20 miles off the Cromer coast.

The firm said it plans to create a purpose-designed operations and maintenance base featuring offices, a marine logistic centre and warehouse, through a combination of new build and modification of the existing warehouse. Work will be completed in time for the start of electricity generation inearly 2017.

After signing the agreement, Halfdan Brustad, Chairman of Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited said: “This location offers Dudgeon the flexibility to use a variety of different vessels and puts Dudgeon in position to use the best of vessels that might be qualified for use in offshore wind in the future.

“We look forward to being a part of the industry cluster in Great Yarmouth and expect to benefit from the existing industrial competence that has been gained through the involvement in the oil and gas business. Dudgeon will play an active role in the development and industrialisation of the offshore wind industry.”

Eliza O’Toole, deputy chairman of Great Yarmouth Port, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dudgeon Offshore Wind’s team to our Port in recognition of the excellent capabilities of the port and the contribution it can make towards increased efficiency of operations for the Dudgeon project. As part of the wider port community, the port offers an experienced one stop shop for the offshore sector in the Southern North Sea and we are proud to have attracted Dudgeon Offshore Wind to our join our ever growing energy hub.”

15 comments

  • malmocanary. you obviously care about what is said or where it is. As for me moaning, A lot of bloggers on here didnt read the report in the first place and assumed it was the outer harbour. OFF TOPIC. WHY HAVE THE COMMENTS ABOUT THE ALLIANCE BETWEEN LABOUT AND THE CONS BEEN REMOVED ?. GETTING TOO HOT WAS IT ARCHANT, OR DID SOMEONE LEAN ON YOU ?

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    "V"

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • who cares where it is or 'who' said what - why is this so important! the good news is that it is investment in GY - this is my point 'V" - I was just wondering where your negative slant on any GY good news story was - typically you have delivered and found something to moan about

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    malmocanary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Nothing about using the Yarmouth Outer Harbour in this report, but looking at other ports that have wind farm bases around the UK such as Lowestoft, the vessels used to maintain the wind farms are quite small. The Yarmouth river port can easily provide the facilities needed, even if the support vessels used are larger than presently in use out of Wells, Ramsgate Grimsby, Lowestoft and other ports which have operations base.

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    Port Watcher

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Do you really expect new investment? Try giving away what is already there! Meanwhile ABP is allowing Siemens to build a wind farm factory at Hull.

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    Denver

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • john. I was actually thinking of the old ASCO buildings near to the harbour bend, or the old large Kaverner building next to the old Dolphin Pub, as the report says " through a combination of new build and modification of the existing warehouse.". As I remember Kaverner used that building and yard to store propellors for the wind industry but when they went the building has remained empty ever since. It would be about the size of "existing warehouse" they would be looking for.

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    "V"

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • WELL SAID V…..you have hit it on the nail, as the paper states THE RIVERPORT, and from my lengthy knowledge of the Port, on what the Mercury states it has got to be the land adjacent to East Quay and the 1.7 acres are at the West side of hartmannsOmnipack which has been worked on just of late. As for Mick Castle rabbiting on about Outer Harbour and jobs, well Castle is not a member of GYPA and the Outer Harbour is not included1.7 acres will not be construction but servicing. If anyone should be patted on the back it will be the Port Company, they have soldiered on with no help from Castle or the council.

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    John L Cooper

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • malmocanary. What have I got to say about this ?. Well perhaps you lot should read it more carefully. It states "to lease 1.7 acres of land on South Denes Road, a warehouse on the demise and access to the river harbour quay." RIVER HARBOUR QUAY. Nothing about the outer harbour at all. Statoil and Statkraft own the Dudgeon windfarm project. The monopile engineering contract has gone to Atkins ltd. (nearest office London, based mainly up north ) The foundations and substation contract has gone to Seaway Heavy Lifting ( a subsea 7 joint venture) Holland.. So if you care to read the article it is to be a warehouse for spare parts. Are the jobs (if there are any) to be zero hour contracts like the ones used for the outer disaster personnel, guaranteeing 4 to 48 hours work only. ? As for O Toole saying "ever growing energy hub" perhaps she would like to explain with the evidence.

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    "V"

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Excellent news at last the South Denes are on the agenda and not Beacon Park. Trust Castle to jump on the news that the Port is ear-marked for Jobs, but why is Castle or any councilor trying to look involved is a mystery as since January they have tried their worst to blight the whole of the South Denes.

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    John L Cooper

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • what have you got to say about this 'V'??????

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    malmocanary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Also Ingo - you refer to the design being "failed". Surely this news contradicts that viewpoint? I very much doubt they would be signing a 25 year lease if they didnt think they could get their ships in and out

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    DT

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Great news. It also confirms the paramount importance of the Outer Harbour in securing Yarmouth's future prosperity - the latest in a succession of good news and very welcome investment in Energy jobs in the town.

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    Mick Castle

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • There are 3 clapped out, nonsensical arguments that I am bored stiff with reading. 1) Build the complete NDR (may happen one day, but not in one go), 2) Relocate Norwich Airport to Coltishall (just plain bonkers), and 3) Redesign the outer harbour (won't happen. as the story above shows, it is about to enter a new phase serving the renewable energy sector and I predict a serious jobs bonanza in the next couple of years)

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    Tom Jeffries

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • An absence of the usual whingers on here. I wonder why!? A rhetorical question, of course. We all know why - it doesn't fit their agenda of the Outer Harbour being a white elephant. It was always going to take some time for the economy to recover and we now seeing exactly why this investment was needed. Whether jobs or knock-on spending in the local economy and businesses, this will bring a boost, without doubt. And Ingo, perhaps even in time, when the economy recovers further, we will finally see a ferry service operating from the port.

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    DT

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Why have you used a picture of Michael Jackson?

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    Norfolk John

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Can we now re design the failed outer harbour construction, so we can utilise it for the whole gambit of ships and ferry services that can improve Norfolks economy further?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, June 2, 2014

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