- All major offshore construction completed within a year
- Wind farm preparing for full generation Spring 2018
- innogy leading construction and operation on behalf of project partners
innogy SE today [22nd December] announced that the final wind turbine has been installed at Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, concluding the installation of all 56 Siemens Gamesa turbines. The wind farm, which generated power for the first time on 5th November, will eventually be capable of generating enough power for over 380,000 homes. Construction of the 353MW project, which is being built off the coast of Suffolk, is expected to be finished in Spring 2018.
Commenting on the milestone, Project Director Toby Edmonds said: “We only installed the first turbine in May of this year so it’s great to get it wrapped up in time for Christmas. At 180 metres tall, these are the biggest offshore wind turbines we’ve installed to date plus we’ve installed them in water up to 36 metres deep, so quite a feat of engineering and construction. This is a superb achievement made possible by a great team and great contract partners. Our focus now is to finish off commissioning works and get to full power in 2018.”
Clark MacFarlane from Siemens Gamesa said: “We are delighted to celebrate, with all involved from the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm team, the timely completion of installation of the turbines at Galloper. Everyone has worked together to deliver an important project in a landmark year for both Siemens Gamesa and the wind power industry in the UK.”
The project is owned by innogy SE, Macquarie Capital, Sumitomo Corporation, and Siemens Financial Services. innogy is leading the project construction on behalf of the partners, and is one of the leading renewable developers in the world, with a significant installed renewables capacity of 3.7GW. Currently innogy has more than 0.9GW of installed capacity in offshore wind, with six offshore wind farms in operation, two currently in construction including Galloper, and a number in development.
 Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlating to suitable reanalysis weather data providing longer term data. The calculations are based on an installed capacity of up to 336MW. The energy capture predicted and hence derived homes equivalent or emissions savings figures may change as further data are gathered. Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4500 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household figures from the UK Statistics Authority.