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PORTS & PORT SERvICES OFFSHORE WIND


The port has a track record of involvement with the offshore wind sector. It was the designated construction base for the Scroby Sands project – one of the UK’s first commercial offshore wind farms. Since then it has been involved in the installation of both the Sheringham Shoals and Lincs windfarms.


Today, Great Yarmouth is still the Operations & Maintenance base for Scroby Sands. In addition, it is about to become the O&M base for the Dudgeon Offshore Windfarm.


CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE HISTORY The port has been a centre of excellence in offshore support for oil and gas for the past 50 years and the entire culture of the port and indeed, the town is aligned to this sector. Making the transition into offshore wind support is a natural progression for England’s number one offshore support port.


CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT AND LOCATION


The development of the deep-water outer harbour at the port has complemented the existing river port facilities, enhancing the port’s offering to the industry. Great Yarmouth has land available for manufacturing and construction facilities, significant quay space and of course deepwater, giving direct access from the sea.


Location, facilities and experience are the main advantages of the port. Location is a major cost factor in terms of shipping and the port is the closest deepwater facility to the East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm, as well as being the closest facility to the near continent.


While location is important, it is not the only factor. The port has ample quay space, land, deep-water and direct access to the sea with no bridges or locks to contend with.


PROVEN TRACK RECORD The port has been England’s number one offshore support port for 50 years and that means it has the pedigree to deliver on its promises. There is a 24/7 mentality with operations taking place 365 days of the year. This culture and attitude is specifically aligned to offshore support.


With the increasing demands on port facilities that the delivery of the latest offshore windfarm developments will impose, the port has also prepared significant areas for further development.


ENERGY ENTERPRISE ZONE Other benefits that can be offered at Great Yarmouth are reduced rates and increased capital allowance available to companies in the energy enterprise zone. The port benefits from generally permitted development order powers within the port estate reducing the need for planning permission.


As well as wind farm installation projects and O&M, the port has space for companies looking to establish a UK manufacturing and construction base.


COMMITMENT


There is significant and ongoing interest in the port and its facilities. The port is fully committed to offshore wind farm development and sees this as a major part of the ports customer base going forward as it has always been in the past.


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