Local firms celebrate Galloper wins

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Galloper Wind Farm has awarded two new contracts to east coast-based companies. Family owned Turner Iceni commences Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) operations at the wind farm, providing 24/7 support in the form of vessels and crew. Local Essex-based business Marvan’s Tree & Landscaping Services has won a contract to provide landscaping services at the wind farm’s Operations & Maintenance facility at Harwich International Port.  

Galloper is a 353 MW offshore wind farm located in the Outer Thames estuary, 30 km off the coast of Suffolk. First power was generated in November 2017, with full generation following in March 2018. The project features 56 SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines and is expected to power over 250,000 homes annually. It is owned by RWE, Siemens Financial Services, Sumitomo Corporation and ESB and a consortium managed by Green Investment Group and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.

Galloper's General Manager, Guy Middleton, said: “As a company we have many years of experience in the UK offshore wind industry, working hand in hand with the communities where our renewables projects are located. The development, construction and ongoing operation of projects such as Galloper bring  significant benefits to the UK energy infrastructure and economy, helping to grow the local supply chain and create jobs.”

Turner Iceni’s CTV division, of around 75 employees, is based in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Marvan has a team of twenty based in Ramsey, Essex.  As a result of the contract award, Turner Iceni has created three new full-time job roles to support the initial two-year contract.  

Turner Iceni company Director Richard Thurlow originally started out as a vessel skipper, before he and a partner built up a small fleet and started their own company, providing CTV support to wind farms.

Richard said: “For several years now we have been supporting RWE projects on the West coast and it is fantastic to now be deploying our fleet and expertise to support the Galloper project, so close to our Lowestoft base, on the East coast.  This really is a win for UK content – our vessels are British designed and built, and as well as our team in Lowestoft, we’re supported from our HQ in Glasgow.”

Galloper offshore wind farm's multi-million-pound Operations & Maintenance (O&M) facility was opened at Harwich International Port in Essex last year. It supports 24/7 management of the offshore wind farm and hosts personnel as they conduct maintenance activity on site.

Danny Marvan, Director of Marvan’s Tree & Landscaping Services said: “Whilst we’re a relatively small company, we’re ambitious and dedicated to growing our business.  Winning our first contract working for the renewables sector is a great achievement.  The majority of our employees are from Essex and similar to the team at Galloper Wind Farm, we also place a great emphasis on working with schools and undertaking STEM activities in the local area.   These contracts really can create a positive ripple effect amongst the local communities they’re placed in.”  

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