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Work starts on £10m wind farm control centre in Essex

From left: Colin Garrod (Jackson), Daren Taylor (Harwich Port), Guy Middleton (Galloper), Cllr Zoe Fairley and James Wilson (RG Carter) Credit: Galloper Wind Farm

Construction has started on a wind farm control centre in Essex.

The £10 million facility at Harwich International Port will service the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, located around 30km off the Suffolk coast.

The base will take around 12 months to complete and will be home to a team of 60 people who operate and maintain the 353 megawatt wind farm.

The wind farm’s 56 turbines are expected to generate enough power to meet the electricity needs of more than 380,000 UK households a year.

Cllr Zoe Fairley, from Tendring District Council, said: “Having firms such as Galloper Wind Farm Limited locate in the area is critical if the district’s economy is to thrive.

"Its presence in Harwich demonstrates the opportunity Tendring has to establish Harwich as a centre of excellence in energy, logistics and marine engineering.

“It is so important to have facilities such as this new operations and maintenance base because they provide job opportunities for local people, not just at the base itself but in its construction, facility management, security and within a wide range of related supply chain businesses.

“This new facility also goes beyond that. Offshore wind is an important part of our low carbon national infrastructure, and Galloper’s presence may be the catalyst for Harwich to become an important national centre for energy related activity – all of which fits well with our Tendring4Growth initiative.”