September 17 (Renewables Now) - The 353-MW Galloper offshore wind farm off the Suffolk coast in the UK has secured approval from Tendring District Council and the Marine Management Organisation for its operations and maintenance (O&M) base.
The base, representing an investment of more than GBP 10 million (USD 13.1m/EUR 11.2m), will be built at Harwich International Port. Three UK firms have been selected to construct the facility and its associated infrastructure -- R G Carter Southern, Jackson Civil Engineering Group and Farrans Construction. The base will include a control room, a pontoon for project vessels, as well as warehousing and office facilities including a gym. Early ground works are due to start by the end of 2018, with construction of the base and pontoon to be completed late in 2019.
Galloper, which achieved full power generation in March this year, has been using temporary facilities in Harwich International Port for its O&M since the start of its operational phase. The wind farm is owned by Innogy SE, Macquarie Capital, Siemens Financial Services, Sumitomo Corp, ESB and a consortium managed by Green Investment Group and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.
(GBP 1 = USD 1.309/EUR 1.123)