Work has started at ABP’s Port of Lowestoft on the 336MW Galloper wind farm to be located 27km off the Suffolk coast.

Lowestoft is now home to the offshore construction coordination base for the project.

It will see 40 personnel from the developers Galloper Windfarm and contractors based at the port while construction takes place.

ABP short sea ports director Andrew Harston said: “We welcome the Galloper Offshore Windfarm project to the OGN site at the Port of Lowestoft. Working with the renewables industry has resulted in a multi-million investment into the local economy.

Galloper Windfarm project director Toby Edmonds said: “Our construction coordination base, with its excellent quay, office and laydown facilities will be a thriving hub of activity.

“Our team, which includes both existing and locally sourced personnel, will be located in the area until at least March 2018 and with that, we expect lots of positive spin-off benefits for local businesses.”

RWE Innogy UK is a joint equity partner in Galloper, together with UK Green Investment Bank, Siemens Financial Services and Macquarie Capital.

Image: ABP port manager for Lowestoft Paul Brooks (left), East of England Energy Group CEO Simon Gray and Project Director for Galloper Windfarm Toby Edmonds at the offices for the offshore coordination base (ABP)