The Galloper offshore windfarm in the UK has been inaugurated by innogy SE’s chief operating officer, renewables, Hans Bünting.
Galloper is owned by innogy SE (25%), Siemens Financial Services (25%), Sumitomo Corporation (12.5%), ESB (12.5%) and a consortium managed by Green Investment Group and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (25%). innogy SE led development and construction of the windfarm and will operate it on behalf of the project partners. Galloper is a 353 MW windfarm.
The Right Honourable Claire Perry MP, UK minister of state for energy and clean growth, described the windfarm as a “fantastic project” and said the offshore wind sector as a whole “has been a great success story” with the UK as world leader in terms of installed capacity.
Galloper project director Toby Edmonds said “Galloper represents a total investment of around £1.5Bn so it is with thanks to our investment partners that the construction of the windfarm was made possible. Seven hundred jobs were created during construction, a team of 60 will operate the windfarm and it is also supporting many long-term jobs through our local suppliers.
“Galloper was a great team effort with main contractors Siemens Gamesa , GE and Petrofac, VBMS, NKT, GeoSea and National Grid, plus the myriad of national and local suppliers.”
On 14 September 2018 it was announced that the authorities had given the go ahead for the construction of the Galloper operations and maintenance base at Harwich International Port, enabling local contractors to get underway and with the potential to create 120 local jobs during construction.