- Operations & Maintenance base planned for Harwich
- Around 75 local businesses attended event
- Hosted in association with Tendring District Council
The Galloper project team were delighted to meet a wide variety of local businesses at a successful business breakfast hosted at the Waterfront, Dovercourt in Harwich this week (20th June 2017).
Galloper is a 336MW offshore wind farm currently being constructed off the coast of Suffolk and the project has unveiled plans to base its purpose built operations and maintenance facility at Harwich International Port.
Commenting on the event, Galloper Operations & Maintenance Manager, Sean Chenery said: “Given the operational life of an offshore wind farm is around 25 years, any associated base can help support long-term jobs and investment into an area. We have a number of contracts to award in relation to the planned base and we felt it would be helpful to meet with local businesses and outline what opportunities are available to them and how they can ensure they are considered for these opportunities.”
He added: “I would like to thank all of the guests and businesses who came along. It was a very positive event with lots of interest and interaction. I would also like to thank Tendring District Council for their efforts and support in organising the Business Breakfast.”
At the event, the Galloper Operations & Maintenance Team who will be responsible for operating and maintaining the wind farm long term, and the project’s Procurement team, gave an update on the project and the company’s procurement process.
Neil Stock, Leader of Tendring District Council, said: “The breakfast meeting was an ideal chance for our businesses in Tendring to learn more about the progress of the project and what opportunities there may be in the pipeline that they can benefit from.
“It is a long term project which promises a significant boost for the District and it was pleasing that so many companies attended the event.”
Currently the Operations & Maintenance Base application is in planning with a decision expected in July this year. The construction of the Galloper project, which is expected to be complete by Spring 2018, is being led on behalf of the project partners by innogy SE.