UK firms to build O&M base for Galloper offshore wind farm
First turbine installed at Galloper. Source: Twitter, @innogy_uk
Three UK companies have been selected to construct the operations and maintenance (O&M) base and related infrastructure for the 336-MW Galloper offshore wind farm off the Suffolk coast in the UK.
The companies have received a preferred bidder status in deals worth over GBP 7 million (USD 9.2m/EUR 7.8m), according to a news release on the project’s website. More specifically, Ipswich-based R G Carter will construct the O&M base, Jackson Civil Engineering Group will be in charge of building the access road, while Farrans Construction has been selected to fabricate and install the pontoon at the Harwich International Port.
The specific contracts will become valid after an application for the O&M building and infrastructure receives approval. The application is currently being progressed and a decision is seen to be issued later this summer.
The offshore complex will consist of 56 Siemens turbines of 6 MW each, expected to become fully operational by next spring. The first turbine was erected in May. When up and running, the offshore wind park will generate enough power to supply up to 336,000 homes, the developers calculate.
The project is led by Innogy SE (ETR:IGY). Its partners are Siemens Financial Services, UK Green Investment Bank and Macquarie Capital.
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