Lowestoft is at the heart of a bid for a greener future, according to a project director who claims its windfarm has brought in more than £140 million to the local economy.
The East Anglia ONE windfarm was completed 43km off the Lowestoft coast during the first national lockdown in 2020, with all 102 turbines now operational.
Sun haze on the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. – Credit: Julian Claxton / CHPV
It was a major milestone for operator ScottishPower Renewables (SPR), with the £2.5 billion installation set to produce 714 megawatts of clean energy a year – enough to power more than 630,000 homes, the equivalent of the majority of houses in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Construction of the windfarm began in 2017, with the first turbine installed in June 2019, and the site is now one of the largest offshore windfarms in the world.
Charlie Jordan, project director for East Anglia ONE, said: “Lowestoft is the heart of our East Anglia ONE windfarm and home to our £25 million state-of-the-art operations and maintenance base, which is supporting more than 100 long-term skilled jobs over the life of the project.
“From here, our employees and contractors are helping generate the clean energy we all need for a greener, zero-carbon future.
Construction of the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm – Credit: Antony Kelly
“I’m very proud we’re playing a leading role in the region’s green energy sector, making it a hub of industry, investment and skills and helping create a positive legacy that will benefit generations to come – all from our base in Lowestoft.”
In October 2019, SPR officially opened their operations and maintenance centre on Hamilton Road, having transformed the empty site, where 100 full-time employees will be based for the 30-year lifespan of the project.
At the peak of construction of the windfarm, the project supported almost 3,500 jobs, while £70 million was committed to local suppliers across the east of England, driving jobs and investment to local communities, with more than half of the project’s supply chain provided by the UK market . . . .
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