ScottishPower Renewables and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) have installed every single turbine on the offshore wind farm East Anglia ONE.
Beginning in June 2019, a total of 102 Siemens GamesaSWT-7.0-154 offshore wind turbines were installed at the wind farm site, 43 km off the coast of Suffolk. Siemens Gamesa completed the installation using the vessels Sea Installer and Sea Challenger, owned by DEME.
All turbine components were pre-assembled and loaded out of Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, following the £5 million co-investment in the port by ScottishPower Renewables to prepare it for construction and marshaling.
“Successful installation of all the turbines is a tremendous achievement for the East Anglia ONE project. It brings us another step closer to completion when the windfarm will be producing the clean, renewable energy the UK needs to decarbonise and meet its pledge to reach net-zero by 2050. This project is testament to the leading role East Anglia is playing in offshore wind and is delivering tangible benefits for its people, businesses and communities – including the creation of more than 800 jobs and spending over £70 million with companies across the region.”Charlie Jordan, East Anglia ONE project director at ScottishPower.
“East Anglia ONE has illustrated the role offshore wind projects can play in supporting businesses across the UK, supporting hundreds of skilled jobs in the process. We’re committed to driving the UK’s energy transition, establishing offshore wind as the backbone of the UK’s new low-carbon energy system.”Edward Northam, head of GIG Europe.
Each of the 306 turbine blades was manufactured by Siemens Gamesa at its specially built factory in Hull, England, while CSWind UK manufactured some of the towers in Machrihanish, Scotland. The work carried out at Peel Ports was supported by several local companies and staff employed by Siemens Gamesa, including Delpro Wind based in Lowestoft and Great Yar based CLS Global Solutions.
When fully operational, it will produce 714MW of clean energy each year–enough to fuel the equivalent of over 630.000 homes.