Ranjit Singh Nagra, Sales Manager, Peel Ports’ Great Yarmouth looks ahead to Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) in Amsterdam on 7-9 October. With the theme of the conference ‘shaping the future of energy together’, Ranjit considers how this applies to the historic port of Great Yarmouth.
Great Yarmouth is perfectly suited to serve the offshore energy industry. As the UK moves closer to its goal of a third of electricity to be produced by offshore wind power by 2030, the sector is growing rapidly thanks to huge investment, creating the need for trusted logistics partners to help organisations reach the government’s ambitious targets.
Great Yarmouth is at the forefront of the offshore sector. It has a unique proposition including a strategic location close to the Southern North Sea – a hotbed of offshore energy activity in the oil, gas and renewables sectors. Great Yarmouth Port is paving the way in assisting with the construction and assembly of new larger windfarms and the decommissioning of old oil and gas platforms. We’ve made investments over £12million to our outer harbour to handle large heavy components and have further plans to extend the outer harbour with an brand new terminal consisting of another heavy lift pad area, RoRo ramp and additional 10 hectares of outdoor storage. With our 50 years’ experience in delivering major offshore projects, we have the resources and flexibility to adapt the Port to the changing energy industry.
Our immediate focus has been very much on futureproofing the port, anticipating the continued growth of the renewables sector and ensuring the port’s handling capabilities are suited to large vessels and heavy, complex cargoes, including the pre-assembly and loading of wind turbines.
Following a £5m co-investment with ScottishPower Renewables, the port is fully prepared for construction and marshalling as well as heavy lifting through the installation of facilities vital to the nature of offshore cargo, such as an LHM280 Crane, with a lifting capacity of 84 tonnes. The co-investment successfully supported the construction and loading for one of the largest offshore windfarm developments in the world, ScottishPower Renewables’ East Anglia ONE.
The port has also secured developers such as Vattenfall to base its operations and maintenance site in Great Yarmouth for its Vanguard and Boreas Wind Farm Projects. Our Outer Harbour deep water facility (10m) is capable of handling construction, assembly, installation and decommissioning and our Inner Harbour (6m) can accommodate large crew transfer and service operations vessels. This experience combined with the necessary components means we’re able to offer a full-service solution for the offshore energy industry.
We’re not stopping there with plans for Great Yarmouth. We have established additional room and space for at least one major manufacturer of wind turbine components.
With the industry continuing to increase the amount of offshore wind power operational off the East of England, this presents a lot of growth opportunities for Great Yarmouth, which feeds into our longer term expansion plans to offer manufacturers the space they need to meet the industry’s goals and achieve the UK content targets
If you’re attending OEEC I’d be delighted to tell you more about how we can support your business.
Find us at stand 1.230 in Hall 1.
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