Vattenfall and Peel Ports have agreed to reserve space at Great Yarmouth harbour to site an operations base for two major offshore wind farms to be installed off the coast of Norfolk. The operations base will serve Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas projects. The wind farm developer has signed an agreement with Peel Ports that enables them to build a new operations base at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, if its applications for the wind farms are given the go-ahead by the Energy Secretary next year and in 2020. The base will be operational for at least 25-years. If consented, the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas projects will have a combined capacity of 3.6GW and could be operational from the mid-2020s. The projects combined capacity could produce enough electricity to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand today of 2.6 million UK households, almost 10% of UK household demand. Ruari Lean, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for Norfolk Vanguard said: “It’s great to seal this deal with Peel Ports to reserve space for Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farms. Good for us of course, because we will have the ideal home for up to 150 skilled wind technicians looking after two wind farms which will be amongst the largest ever built. And good for Norfolk too, if built, as this major investment will send a strong signal to other businesses to consider investing in the County.” Richard Goffin, Port Director Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, said: “Vattenfall’s commitment to reserve space for their operations base at Great Yarmouth is testament to the Port’s influential position in the wider offshore energy arena, which is complemented by a supportive County and Borough Council. This agreement enhances Great Yarmouth’s position as the East of England’s most successful offshore energy hub and will attract further investment in the existing world-class supply chain, bringing a host of employment and economic growth opportunities to the region.” This summer, Vattenfall submitted final proposals to the Planning Inspectorate for its Norfolk Vanguard project. Its sister project Norfolk Boreas, will start its statutory consultation later this autumn. For more information on offshore wind farm development worldwide, click here.