Local residents invited to Galloper Wind Farm drop-in sessions as construction gets underway and community fund launches

January 26, 2017

Local residents invited to Galloper Wind Farm drop-in sessions as construction gets underway and community fund launches

–       12-3pm and 4-7pm, Thursday 25th February, Beach View Holiday Park café, Sizewell

–       Construction process update on Galloper Offshore Wind Farm

–       Details about the Galloper Wind Farm Fund of £187,000

–       Meet the Galloper team for informal Q&A session

Members of the Galloper Wind Farm Ltd (GWFL) project team will be in the Leiston area on Thursday the 25th of February to host two drop-in sessions about the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm project. Members of the public and interested parties will be able to find out more about the wind farm, and hear details of the construction process and the community investment fund.

Toby Edmonds, GWFL Project Director said:

“Onshore construction of the wind farm is underway with beach works starting at Sizewell beach in March so we’re keen to see local residents again to provide them with an update and answer any queries. We’re also very excited to have launched our Galloper Wind Farm Fund which will offer £187,000 over 17 years to local projects that contribute to the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There will be more information available at the drop-in sessions, and with the deadline for submissions set for the 22nd of March and grant applications being awarded from April.”

Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is an extension of the existing and fully operational Greater Gabbard Wind Farm off the coast of Suffolk. Following community consultation, in-depth site investigations and a thorough examination by the Planning Inspectorate, Galloper was awarded Development Consent in May 2013. On the 30th of October 2015, RWE Innogy announced three new project partners and a number of investment partners for GWFL, signalling Financial Close and enabling the construction of the project to commence.

The wind farm, which has grid connection secured, represents an expected investment potential of more than £1.5 billion. The development, construction and long term operation of the wind farm signifies a major boost to the UK economy, generating economic benefits for businesses, and creating around 700 jobs during construction and around 90 jobs once operational. Companies interested in working on the Galloper wind farm project can register for procurement opportunities via the RWE procurement portal: https://supplier.rwe.com/irj/portal.

It is estimated that the average annual generation expected at the site could be equivalent to the approximate domestic needs of around 336,000 average UK households1. The wind farm is expected to commence operation by March 2018.

The drop-in sessions are being held on Thursday 25th February from 12pm to 3pm and 4pm to 7pm at the café at Beach View Holiday Park, Sizewell Common, Leiston, IP16 4TU.

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