First steps towards a sustainable future

The challenge

ScottishPower Renewables is undertaking one of the largest offshore windfarm developments in the world, called East Anglia ONE, 43km off the Suffolk coast.

Set for completion in in 2020, the project will comprise of 102 turbines, with investment in the region of £2.5 billion.

East Anglia ONE has sustained  approximately 3,000 jobs during its three year construction period and will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 630,000 homes* by 2020, with a lifespan of 30 years.

In June 2019 the first turbine was installed, marking a significant milestone for the project which is bringing an economic boost to the East of England and wider UK.

To ensure the successful onsite construction and installation, ScottishPower Renewables needed a base with the capacity and capability to pre-assemble components on a quayside for transfer on to an installation vessel.

The solution

Peel Ports Group, holding more than 50 years of experience supporting the sector in East England, was able to offer ScottishPower Renewables the land footprint and expertise to help deliver the requirements for its project.

Having provided installation and construction support for Shoal, Lincs and Scroby Sands windfarms in the past and due to its proximity to the project (30 miles offshore), Peel Ports Great Yarmouth was chosen as the installation base.

The port, along with ScottishPower Renewables, has co-invested £5 million in infrastructure development to support this project and ensure that the port was suitable. This has included investment in an LHM280 Crane, with a lifting capacity of 84 tonnes, to enable the port to handle larger volumes of bulk and unitised cargo.

All of the turbine components are being pre-assembled and loaded out from Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, including 75-metre fibre glass blades and 90 metre-high towers.

The first turbine was successfully transported 30 miles from Peel Ports Great Yarmouth and safely installed at the East Anglia ONE site on 22nd June.

Peel Ports Great Yarmouth is at the heart of the UK energy sector and within close proximity to the world’s largest market for offshore energy projects.

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