East Anglia ONE contract win for Great Yarmouth company

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ScottishPower Renewables has awarded a contract to Great Yarmouth-based PPE (personal protective equipment) specialists, Gibb Safety & Survival.

The multi-year agreement will see Gibb Safety & Survival supply PPE to the
East Anglia ONE wind farm project, including protective clothing, working at height apparatus and rescue, survival and marine equipment.

The company will also be responsible for the servicing and management of the PPE. This will take place at Gibb’s recently opened, service centre in Great Yarmouth, and offshore at the wind farm.

ScottishPower Renewables stated it has worked with many local suppliers since work started on the
East Anglia ONE wind farm and committed £70 million to local suppliers delivering works across the East of England. Although the wind farm is now fully operational, ScottishPower Renewables is still committed to investing in the area by continuing to support local businesses.

Charlie Jordan, East Anglia ONE Project Director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “We have been fortunate to work with some exceptional local suppliers on the East Anglia ONE project and Gibb Safety & Survival is another example of just how strong the supply chain is in this area. We are very happy to be awarding them this important contract and we look forward to developing a happy working relationship with them.”

Lee Sparkes, European Sales Manager at Gibb Safety & Survival, added: “We are delighted to be supporting ScottishPower Renewables with its PPE needs for the operation and maintenance of East Anglia ONE; it’s thanks to contracts like this that we’ve been able to create new jobs in the Great Yarmouth area. This new contract is one of many recent wins for us in the wind sector and cements our reputation as one of the sector’s leading suppliers of both on and offshore PPE.”

Gibb Safety & Survival and Gibb Tools & Supplies have been supplying PPE and maintenance, repair and operation equipment to the energy sector for over 70 years. Headquartered in Aberdeen, Gibb recently opened a new £2m distribution and service hub in Great Yarmouth and has recruited 12 new members of staff and two new apprentices to support its growth and ongoing client demand.

Located 43km off the coasts of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, the  £2.5 billion
East Anglia ONE project is a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG). It features a total of 102 Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 offshore wind turbines with the capacity to produce 714 MW of clean energy. It is the first of four offshore wind farms ScottishPower Renewables is developing in the region.

East Anglia One North, Two and Three come under a single delivery programme, with a combined capacity of around 3,100 MW, which will be known as The East Anglia Hub. Construction is envisaged to begin in 2022, with a four year construction period expected for the entire East Anglia Hub. The initial 1,400 MW (East Anglia Three) already has planning consent. Planning applications for the further 1,700 MW (split between East Anglia One North, and East Anglia Two) have been submitted.

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