O&M campus coming to Port of Great Yarmouth

In: PortsWindfarms
Norfolk County Council has received a £6 million funding award to deliver an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) campus for offshore energy at the Port of Great Yarmouth.

The campus is to be located at the entrance of the River Yare, with a closer proximity to the Southern North Sea offshore energy developments. This should help reduce O&M costs while maximizing efficiency. The rejuvenated land belongs to Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, and is targeting the flourishing East Anglian offshore wind industry.

The Southern North Sea is home to the largest concentration of offshore wind projects in the world. The majority of these are within 100 miles of the Port of Great Yarmouth, which has invested approximately £12 million in upgrading its quays, storage areas, and equipment, to serve the industry. The port has previously been selected as the marshalling harbour for the
Galloper offshore wind farm and East Anglia One.

The funding one of thirteen awards, totaling £32 million, across Norfolk and Suffolk, part of the UK government’s “Getting Building Fund” initiative to boost jobs, skills, and infrastructure in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Norfolk County Council estimates that the new initiative will create 650 new jobs.

Richard Goffin, Port Director at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, said: “The offshore energy sector is a huge opportunity for the region, with the UK targeting a third of electricity to be produced by offshore wind power by 2030.

At Great Yarmouth, we have continually invested in our facilities to ensure we are well positioned to deliver large-scale offshore projects, whether that’s assisting with the construction and assembly of new larger windfarms or the decommissioning of old oil and gas platforms.

The new funding will allow us to achieve the next milestone of upgrades at the port and ensure Great Yarmouth remains at the forefront of the offshore sector. We are grateful to be one of the two projects awarded funding in Norfolk and will work closely with Norfolk County Council to create a specialised hub for O&M businesses.”

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