Installation of Galloper wind farm foundations is completed ahead of schedule

Foundations are loaded for the Galloper offshore wind farm by GeoSea using their �Innovation� jack-u

Foundations are loaded for the Galloper offshore wind farm by GeoSea using their �Innovation� jack-up installation vessel. Picture: GeoSea - Credit: Archant

Construction of the Galloper offshore wind farm is moving into a major new phase after all 56 turbine foundations were installed ahead of schedule.

The final foundation is installed for the Galloper offshore wind farm. Picture: Courtesy of Innogy R

The final foundation is installed for the Galloper offshore wind farm. Picture: Courtesy of Innogy Renewables UK Limited - Credit: Archant

The first of the foundations, which are made up of steel monopiles and transition pieces, was installed 30km off the Suffolk coast in December, with the final foundation completed yesterday (March 28).

The installation works have been carried out by GeoSea using their 'Innovation' jack-up installation vessel. The work had been expected to last until May, but has been completed two months ahead of schedule.

Galloper project director Toby Edmonds said: 'GeoSea have set records with their barn-storming performance on Galloper. The teams from Galloper and GeoSea have combined brilliantly to reach this major milestone completing the foundation installation stage efficiently and safely in such good time.'

The offshore team is now preparing to start turbine installation on the wind farm, which is likely to be fully operational in Spring next year. The offshore construction for the project is being co-ordinated out of the Port of Lowestoft with local firm James Fisher & Son supporting the marine and offshore activity.


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