All 102 wind turbines on Scottish Power Renewables’ 714-MW East Anglia One offshore windfarm in the UK are now in operation and construction of the windfarm has been completed
East Anglia One, a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, is a £2.5Bn (US$3.2Bn) project and the first of four offshore windfarms ScottishPower Renewables is developing in the region.
Completion of East Anglia One came as Scottish Power Renewables awarded a contract worth £55M to Fugro for survey work as part of work to create the ‘East Anglia Hub,’ a project that will combine three offshore wind projects it proposes to build in addition to East Anglia One – East Anglia One North, Two and Three – into one single delivery programme with a capacity of 3.1 GW.
Around 20% of turbine installation and half the turbine connection work for East Anglia One was completed during lockdown, with ScottishPower Renewables and its project partners transforming how they worked to get the job done. This included switching to a higher number of smaller vessels, creating crew ‘households’ who lived and worked together at all times, introducing new welfare protocols and minimising crew changes. This comprehensive approach allowed the project to be completed on time, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Almost 3,500 jobs were sustained during the construction phase, which began in 2017, while 100 long-term skilled jobs have been created at the operations and maintenance base in Lowestoft.
ScottishPower Renewables co-invested £5M in Peel Ports Great Yarmouth to prepare it for construction and marshalling activity. Over the course of the project, more than half of the project’s supply chain has come from the UK market, exceeding the commitments made as part of its successful bid for contract for difference funding.
East Anglia One project director Charlie Jordan said, “The final commissioning of East Anglia One is an incredible milestone for us and our project partners, as well as our wider stakeholders, the East Anglian region and the whole of the UK. And it comes at a crucial time as the UK takes it first steps towards a green economic recovery.
“Reaching this point was always going to be an extremely important moment for us – heralding the start of full production of green energy from a major site that will play a real part in the UK’s path to net zero.
“What has made it even more incredible is the determination and tenacity of our team, who have worked tirelessly to deliver this significant technical project amidst an unprecedented pandemic, which none of us could have planned for. This was also the first time we have worked with Green Investment Group, and I would like to thank them for their support.
Siemens Gamesa East Anglia One senior project manager Andrew Elmes said, “The team reacted superbly to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and prevented East Anglia One from being derailed by the unprecedented situation.
“Safety issues to be managed in a critical period included complete vessel, accommodation, and crew reorganisations; quarantine events, social distancing, suspect cases and testing onsite.”
The contract awarded to Fugro for the East Anglia Hub is an important part of a project that, once complete, could provide around 10% of the 30-GW target the UK Government has set for offshore wind generation by 2030.
The contract will see Fugro undertaking geophysical surveys and site investigations across the East Anglia Hub project sites and export cable corridors in 2020 and 2021.
Work begins this month, starting with the development of site characterisation surveys and investigations focused on East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two, which will enable ground model development and preliminary designs.
When completed, the hub will comprise of up to 263 wind turbines and Fugro’s work will include turbine-specific site investigations across all three locations next year.
The initial 1.4 GW of power to be generated through the hub via East Anglia Three has secured planning consent. Planning applications for the further 1.7 GW (split between East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two) have been submitted.
Overall investment to support the hub will be in the region of £6.5Bn and will bring multiple benefits including reduced construction timescales, sustained contracting opportunities for the supply chain and a reduction in the cost of clean, renewable energy.
East Anglia Hub project director Ross Ovens said, “Fugro’s work will provide us with the key data we need to plan and develop our sites, keeping us on track to create the hub which will play a key role in helping the UK reduce its carbon emissions.
“The benefits of the hub surpass green energy provision and will bring a wealth of opportunities to the local and national economy with long-term investment and job creation during all phases of the project. This initial contract to Fugro is one of the first examples of this and we look forward to bringing more opportunities to specialists in a number of fields, providing sustainable, socio-economic and environmental benefits for decades to come.”
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