The Galloper Wind Farm construction team in Lowestoft has been joined by two new members with a passion for science and technology, as the East Coast Energy Internship launched this week (4th of July).
Felicity Levett (19) and Joel Pointon (17), both students from Lowestoft Sixth Form College, are working at Galloper’s Offshore Construction Coordination Base in Lowestoft for a four-week period over the summer. They will each complete research and design projects related to the construction of the up to 336MW offshore wind farm.
The East Coast Energy Internship is a brand new scheme established by The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Ogden Trust and Suffolk County Council in association with Waveney District Council. It is part of a wider scheme called The Lowestoft Engineering Project, which is providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) opportunities to pupils at 12 primary schools, four high schools and two colleges in the town.
Plugging the gap between work experience and apprenticeships, the internship scheme is fully funded by the Ogden Trust and provides the students with a real and meaningful placement that utilises and enhances their STEM skills in a business environment.
Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, said “This is a great opportunity for Felicity and Joel to get a true understanding of the sector and to make their mark on this vitally important project that will contribute to a secure supply of low carbon energy.
“The east coast is the natural place for a scheme like this to launch. The abundance of offshore wind activity here means great things for our economy and creates world-class training opportunities for our young people. It’s fantastic to see an initiative like this being trailblazed by Galloper in our region and it will hopefully set an example for other similar schemes in the future.”
Toby Edmonds, Galloper Wind Farm Project Director said: “Joel and Felicity are part of a group of five students from Lowestoft Sixth Form College, who are piloting the programme. The internships are being hosted by Galloper Wind Farm Limited and James Fisher and Sons, as well as other key players from the energy sector. It is a fantastic initiative, creating the potential for local young people to gain valuable work experience from across the industry, in this area.
“I know the Galloper and James Fisher teams are very much looking forward to working with Felicity and Joel, and supporting their passion for science and technology.”
The Galloper project is expected to create around 700 jobs created during construction and around 90 jobs once the wind farm is operational.
Intern Felicity, who has secured a place at the University of Keele to study Geoscience, says, “I’m really excited to be involved in a project of this scale and importance. I think it will be great to get hands-on experience of working from the Offshore Construction Coordination Base as part of a team but also learning more about how the build of the wind farm is coordinated from my hometown. I’m sure this will confirm my ambitions to work in science or engineering after university too.”
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During Felicity’s time with Galloper, she will be undertaking Project Quayside Vessel Access System, which will look at designing a quayside access system at the base in Lowestoft to support the operation of around 16 Crew Transfer Vessels and support vessels. The system will need to provide for the safe flow of personnel and equipment between the onshore base and vessels. She will be working alongside the team from James Fisher and Sons who are delivering an integrated suite of offshore and marine services during the construction of the wind farm.
Joel will be completing Project Fuel System Design and will need to propose a solution for a fuel system at the Galloper base to support the operation of the Crew Transfer Vessels and support vessels. The fuel system must provide for the project logistical requirements of fuel deliveries, storage and bunkering of vessels. He will be working closely with Andy Mee, Galloper’s Offshore Site Manager.
Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is an extension of the existing and fully operational Greater Gabbard Wind Farm off the coast of Suffolk. The wind farm represents an expected investment potential of around £1.5 billion. It is estimated that the average annual generation expected at the site will be equivalent to the approximate domestic needs of around 336,000 average UK households
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.