ScottishPower Renewables and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) announced this week that they have successfully installed all turbines on the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm.
The installation began in June 2019 and over the course of the past year, 102 Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 offshore wind turbines were installed at the site, which is 43km off the Suffolk coast. Installation used Sea Installer and Sea Challenger vessels, operated by DEME.
All components were pre-assembled and loaded out from Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, following ScottishPower’s £5 million co-investment in the port’s construction and marshalling activity.
The components consisted of 75-meter fiber glass blades, tower sections and nacelles (the head of the turbine). Each of the 306 turbine blades were manufactured by Siemens Gamesa at its factory in Hull, England; while some of the towers were produced in Machrihanish, Scotland by CSWind UK.
The work at Peel Ports was supported by local companies and personnel employed by Siemens Gamesa, including Delpro Wind and CLS Global Solutions.
Once fully operational, the windfarm will have a capacity of 714 MW.
ScottishPower reached a company milestone during construction, installing its 1,000th MW of offshore wind power. The company also installed its 1,000th Direct Drive offshore turbine during this project.
Charlie Jordan, East Anglia ONE Project Director at ScottishPower Renewables, said, “With COVID-19 bringing much of the economy to a standstill and affecting everyone across the UK, ensuring we have a safe and secure supply of energy is critical to supporting our vital services. This is why the continuation of this project is deemed as essential work by the Government and ourselves. The full range of people and organizations involved deserve huge credit for the work they have put into making sure it remained on track through such challenging conditions – they are a credit to the industry.”
“East Anglia ONE has illustrated the role offshore wind projects can play in supporting businesses across the UK, supporting hundreds of skilled jobs in the process. We’re committed to driving the UK’s energy transition, establishing offshore wind as the backbone of the UK’s new low-carbon energy system,” said Edward Northam, Head of GIG Europe.
Also, Andrew Elmes, East Anglia ONE Senior Project Manager at Siemens Gamesa, added, “It’s been a long, challenging journey so far, with new technology, significant weather conditions, and now COVID-19 to overcome. All these factors make this milestone even more fantastic. Through collaboration and drawing on our expertise in offshore wind power, as well as harnessing the vast experience of the UK supply chain, we have been able to safely complete installation in good order and ensure East Anglia ONE will deliver reliable clean energy for generations to come.”