Galloper partners secure agreement for lease for extension

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 28/09/2020 RWE Renewables
RWE Renewables and project partners, including a Macquarie-led consortium, Siemens’ financing arm (Siemens Financial Services), ESB and Sumitomo Corporation, have announced that they will develop an extension to the existing operational Galloper offshore wind farm.  

The extension project, which is currently in the early stages of its development, will be known as Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm.  The expected capacity is in excess of 300 MW. RWE Renewables will lead the development on behalf of the partners, who are the same as those for the operational
Galloper project.

An Agreement for Lease was signed with the Crown Estate in late August 2020 for an area of seabed around 149km2.  Similar to Galloper,  it will cover two fields within the designated area in the Southern North Sea.

Five Estuaries Project Manager Umair Patel said: “As project partners we have already successfully delivered the £1.5 billion Galloper Wind Farm and are excited to be working together once again on the Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm.  Whilst the project is an extension of the existing Galloper Wind Farm it will be progressed as a national infrastructure energy project on its own merit, going through a separate and comprehensive, development and planning process which we welcome as a responsible developer.  We are at an early stage of development and would anticipate the project  becoming operational around 2030.”

He added: “The new name is a nod to the well-known estuaries along the East coast of England where the project is located.  We have also launched the project website, so people can access information, track progress and get in touch with the project team.”  

The existing
Galloper project, which is 30 km off the Suffolk coast, became fully operational in March 2018, with the 353 MW project generating enough energy for approximately 380,000 homes per annum.  Hundreds of jobs were created during the construction of Galloper and sixty long-term jobs in its current operational phase.  A £10 million, purpose-built Operations & Maintenance facility recently opened in Harwich International Port to support the ongoing running of the wind farm.  Two of the main contractors involved in the building of the base were East coast companies.  

The Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm project partners include a Macquarie-led consortium (25%), RWE (25%) Siemens’ financing arm, Siemens Financial Services (25%), ESB (12.5%) and Sumitomo Corporation (12.5%).