SSE -Greater Gabbard Wind Farm
Greater Gabbard Wind Farm - leading the world in offshore wind
The Greater Gabbard Wind Farm project has invested around £1.5 million in the development of an operations and maintenance base at the old Waveney Fish Market in Lowestoft. Around 100 jobs will be created at the base, with some employees already in place. Local fishermen are transporting men and equipment out to the wind farm during construction.
Steve Rose, Offshore Wind Operations Manager said: "The Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm is a big project and we needed a first class operations base in order to carry out the job efficiently and effectively. The new development at Lowestoft helps us deliver this and is also providing local jobs which are much needed in the region."
- SSE is currently constructing one of the world's largest offshore wind farms at Greater Gabbard in the North Sea, in a joint venture with RWE npower renewables.
- The project will cost approximately £1.3 billion. The wind farm, approximately 25 kilometres off the coast of Suffolk, will consist of 140 wind turbines and, when fully operational in 2012, will provide enough clean electricity to power around 530,000 homes.
- 108 turbines have already been installed and the foundations laid for all the proposed turbines. The first power was generatedrojects, and people who are lighting up Britain.