Great Yarmouth - a hub for the offshore industry

The challenge

The East Anglia ONE is among the largest offshore wind farm developments in the world. Situated 43km off the Suffolk coast and set for completion in 2020, the project will comprise of 102 turbines, with investment in the region of £2.5 billion.

Pipeshield International was awarded the work for phase one to make and supply 300 concrete mattresses that provide a stable foundation for the turbines. It is a multi-award winning UK firm and global leader in subsea cable and pipeline protection, stabilisation and anti-scour solutions. The company has the capability to manufacture globally, specialising in oil & gas, renewables and marine civils.

The work was commissioned by subsea services provider DeepOcean on behalf of wind farm developer Scottish Power. Pipeshield needed to ensure it was able to deliver on their expectations for quality and reliability in this flagship project.

As the port of mobilisation was Great Yarmouth, also Pipeshield wanted to minimise costs by setting up a temporary manufacturing site at the port itself.

The solution

Great Yarmouth has always been a hub for businesses operating in or supplying the offshore industry, everything from manufacturers to installers. The port has built up more than 50-years’ experience supporting the sector.

To date, we have invested £12 million to extend the outer harbour to become a supply base for offshore projects such as East Anglia One. This has included investment in an LHM280 crane, with a lifting capacity of 84 tonnes, to enable us to handle larger volumes of bulk and unitised cargo.

Further upgrades to the outer harbour to accommodate heavy components include a strengthened 120,000m2 of space for offshore renewables, a 27.2t/m2 heavy lift pad area and a RoRo Ramp for the delivery of tower sections and monopiles. We have also invested in 360-metre of quay space to allow multiple large jack-up vessels to berth simultaneously.

DeepOcean has now awarded phase two of the project to Pipeshield. Similar in size to phase one, manufacture will be split equally between both Great Yarmouth and Blyth where Pipeshield has a permanent manufacturing facility.

Pipeshield’s General Manager David Blake said, “Thanks to Peel Ports’ capabilities at Great Yarmouth were were able to mobilise equipment and personnel to an area within the port within five working days of project award. Ultimately, manufacture of all the mattresses was completed ahead of schedule and we received extremely positive feedback from DeepOcean for the quality of our product, service and project delivery. The team at Great Yarmouth were an integral part of that success and we look forward to working with them on phase two.”

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