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Great Yarmouth port chosen for Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone

4C Offshore | Kaitlin Walsh
By: Kaitlin Walsh 17/03/2023 Vattenfall

Vattenfall has announced that the port at Great Yarmouth, run by infrastructure specialists Peel Ports, is the preferred location for the operations and maintenance base for the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone.

Once completed, Vattenfall's Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone will power around 4.6 million homes, making it one of the largest offshore wind zones in the world. The Zone will create approximately 130 new green-collar jobs, with staff directly employed for the 35-year lifetime of the project. Recruitment for the new jobs should begin in 2026 and last for around two years.

The Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone will include the development of two wind farms,
Norfolk Vanguard (2.8 GW) and Norfolk Boreas (1.4 GW).

Vattenfall is currently engaging with local schools, colleges and universities to encourage local awareness and boost the skills that will be required to work in the sector. Competition to secure the agreement was fierce, with an excellent bid from Lowestoft and Associated British Ports. With both ports offering excellent services, it is clear that East Anglia's potential as a superpower of offshore wind is secure.

Vattenfall's base will be at the new £21.4 million O&M campus, commissioned by Norfolk County Council in a partnership project in collaboration with Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

It is now key for the government to provide a policy and financial framework that delivers value for money for customers and is investable for developers. This will help to support East Anglia and the region's efforts to secure long-term green jobs and investment.

Rob Anderson, Project Director of Vattenfall's Norfolk Zone, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with Peel Ports who’ll be providing us with a home for our Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone. It should be a great economic boost for the area with around 130 long-term jobs helping to manage the Wind Zone, one of the world’s largest.

“All we need now is for government to play its part by providing a financial framework that gives us the certainty we need to invest so that local people can start seeing the benefits.”

Richard Goffin, Port Director, South East cluster, Peel Ports Group, said: “It is fantastic news to be selected by Vattenfall as preferred bidder for this operation and maintenance contract. This decision continues to show the confidence in the role of Great Yarmouth Port as a key enabler in the green energy sector, with tremendous potential to grow.

“We will continue to work collaboratively with the market alongside our valued stakeholders and strengthen our position with further expansion planned. We are proud to support the growth of the sector by providing a platform for projects such as the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone.”

The final decision for Vattenfall's investment is contingent on the government's policy and financial framework for offshore wind.

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