22.3.2023 | Ports

Vattenfall chooses port at Great Yarmouth for Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone

Around 130 new jobs should be created over the 35-year lifetime of the Zone. 

  • Vattenfall has announced that Peel Ports is the preferred bidder for the operation and maintenance contract for Vattenfall’s Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone
  • The final decision for Vattenfall’s investment is contingent on the government’s policy and financial framework for offshore wind

In what could be a green jobs bonanza for Great Yarmouth, Vattenfall has today announced that the port at Great Yarmouth, run by infrastructure specialists, Peel Ports, is the preferred location for the operations and maintenance base for the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone.

When completed, Vattenfall’s Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone will be able to power around 4.6m homes, making it one of the largest offshore wind zones in the world.

Approximately 130 new, green-collar jobs would be created with staff directly employed for the lifetime of the project, which is around 35 years. Recruitment for the new jobs should begin in 2026 and last for around two years.

Vattenfall is already engaging with local schools, colleges and universities to encourage local awareness and to boost the skills that will be required to work in the sector.

The competition was fierce to secure the agreement with an excellent bid from Lowestoft and Associated British Ports. With both ports offering excellent services, it is clear that East Anglia’s potential as a superpower of offshore wind is secure.

Vattenfall’s base will be at the new £21.4m O&M Campus commissioned by Norfolk County Council in a partnership project in collaboration with Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

The government must now play its role in helping to support East Anglia and the region’s efforts to secure long-term, green jobs and investment by providing a policy and financial framework that delivers value for money for customers and is investable for developers.

Rob Anderson, Project Director of Vattenfall’s Norfolk Zone, said:

“We’re really pleased to be working with Peel Ports, who’ll be providing us with a home for our Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone. It should be a great economic boost for the area, with around 130 long-term jobs helping to manage the Wind Zone, one of the world’s largest.

“All we need now is for government to play its part by providing a financial framework that gives us the certainty we need to invest so that local people can start seeing the benefits.”

Richard Goffin, Port Director South East cluster, Peel Ports Group, said:

“It is fantastic news to be selected by Vattenfall as the preferred bidder for this operation and maintenance contract. This decision continues to show confidence in the role of Great Yarmouth Port as a key enabler in the green energy sector, with tremendous potential to grow.

“We will continue to work collaboratively with the market alongside our valued stakeholders and strengthen our position with further expansion planned. We are proud to support the growth of the sector by providing a platform for projects such as the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone.”

Councillor Carl Smith, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said:

‘’Great Yarmouth Borough Council is delighted that Vattenfall has chosen the town’s port as the preferred location for its offshore wind zone Operations and Maintenance base. We have worked hard to support our partners, Peel Ports – which runs the port in Great Yarmouth – to provide a compelling case as to why the port and wider South Denes offshore energy zone provide the ideal location for Vattenfall.

“This Operations and Maintenance base has the potential to play a key role in delivering our forward-thinking regeneration strategy for the town, its residents and businesses. It will deliver new, highly skilled jobs for the offshore wind sector as renewables continue to play an ever-increasingly important role in the energy mix and the economic development of the UK.

‘’Great Yarmouth is uniquely placed to be able to meet the requirements of the sector with its close proximity to the southern North Sea, and this announcement is excellent news for the town.’’

Norfolk County Council deputy leader, Councillor Graham Plant, said:

“Securing Vattenfall as a long-term tenant is a big deal for Great Yarmouth and the whole of Norfolk – bringing hundreds of skilled jobs and long-term investment in renewable energy.”

Brandon Lewis, Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, said:

“I’m really pleased that Vattenfall will be making its home in Great Yarmouth and boosting local jobs to help operate and maintain their Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone.

“Peel Ports and Great Yarmouth Borough Council have worked really hard to make this happen, and it’s great to see that we’ll soon be seeing the benefit of new jobs and opportunities that the offshore wind sector will create in the region.”