O&M base construction
Having received consent for the O&M base from the Marine Management Organisation and Tendring District Council, construction is now underway. It is expected that work on the new facility and pontoons will take around 12 months.
Three companies have been awarded contracts for the Galloper Operations & Maintenance base in deals worth more than £10 million:
- Ipswich based R G Carter for the construction of the O&M building;
- Ipswich based Jackson Civil Engineering Group, for the construction of the access road; and
- Farrans Construction, for the fabrication and installation of the pontoon.
The construction of the base and pontoon is expected to create around 120 local jobs.
The long-term Operations & Maintenance of the wind farm is set to bring significant employment and investment benefits to Tendring plus the wider Essex area and along the East coast as well as elsewhere in the UK.
To support local businesses and job seekers understand more about the long-term opportunities associated with the wind farms operations and maintenance, the Galloper team hosted a Business Breakfast in Harwich in May 2017 and took part in the Tendring Jobs and Careers Fair in October 2017.
Galloper again took part in the Tendring Jobs and Careers Fair in October 2018 as one of the principal sponsors.
Information for mariners
Safe sailing during operations
Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is now in operation, which means that the safety exclusion zone that was in place during construction is no longer in effect. Yachts and other recreational vessels are now free to sail through the wind farm site.
It is suggested that boat owners check with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) or relevant marine body for recommendations related to safe passage through offshore wind farms. Galloper’s position is that maintaining approximately 100 metres between vessels and the wind farm structures – turbines and offshore substation platform – would demonstrate good seamanship. As a precaution, it is recommended that sailing vessels should have their engines turned on and in neutral whilst transiting through the wind farm to enable rapid control if it is required.
Notices to Mariners
Notices to Mariners that are relevant to the operation a maintenance of Galloper Offshore Wind Farm will be posted here with the most recent at the top:
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