Norfolk leads the world in offshore wind
East Anglia is set to become the world leader in offshore wind-farms, largely due to the Anglia One project established by Scottish Power. The company has recently invested £2.5 billion into 102 Siemens 7MW wind turbines (as seen to the right of the article). Sector analyst Barbour ABI wants to move towards regeneration and infrastructure projects like East Anglia ONE to make a shift in construction hotspots, away from London and the South East toward other parts of the country.
Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, said that the government focuses on raising levels of major infrastructure projects, in particular through public-sector plans such as offshore wind farms, energy plants, and motorway upgrades, have considerably boosted construction value in rural regions.
Barbour ABI, in its Regional Construction Hotspots in Great Britain 2017 report, places the scheme at the fore of 10 major infrastructure projects within the region at a value of £1.8bn. Also on the list is the Galloper offshore wind farm (£750m) and the Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road (£15m). Some large residential schemes listed are a £48m 380-home scheme at Weeley, near Clacton-on Sea, and a £30m 234-home development planned for Union Road, Onehouse, Stowmarket.
chief director of Scottish Power project, East Anglia ONE
When asked about the project he seemed to be pleased and very enthusiastic for what the future holds.
Charlie Jordan, project director for the Scottish Power Renewables East Anglia ONE wind farm, said they were pleased with the recognition. “We see the potential for East Anglia to become a world leader in offshore wind. We have started the pre-construction works for the £2.5bn East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.” he said.
“An example of this investment is our contract with the Port of Lowestoft, which will be the operations and maintenance hub for the 30 year life span of East Anglia ONE, an agreement worth £25m. We have also co-invested £5m in preparing Great Yarmouth Port for offshore wind farm construction activity, securing its long-term potential. We have also engaged with a record number of local businesses through our supply chain events to highlight the diverse range of opportunities that East Anglia ONE and our future projects offer the region. East Anglia ONE is the first of four large-scale offshore wind projects we are planning to build off the coast of Suffolk and Norfolk, which will deliver economic benefits to the region for decades to come.”