Galloper still on track, exec says

An executive of the 340MW Galloper wind project off eastern England has insisted it remains on track, despite utility SSE saying it will pull out.

Graham Moates, package manager for Galloper Wind Farm, told an offshore wind seminar in Lowestoft that “it's business as usual" at the project, a 50/50 venture between SSE and Germany's RWE.

Moates said: "RWE remain committed to the project and we are pressing on with procurement and negotiations,” and is confident of finding a new partner according to a statement from event organiser OrbisEnergy.

SSE threw the project into apparent confusion last month when it announced it would seek an exit from its 50% share in Galloper as part of a wider retreat from the offshore wind sector.

RWE told Recharge at the time that it had been inundated with suppliers anxious to know the status of the project – having itself only been given a day’s notice of SSE’s decision

France’s Areva is understood to been in the frame to supply its 5MW turbines to the project, and earlier this year Galloper’s developers confirmed that Lowestoft would act as the O&M base upon the project’s completion.

A senior executive of Statoil told the same event it planned to take a final investment decision in July on the 400MW Dudgeon project it is developing with Norwegian compatriot Statkraft, according to the statement.

Johnathan Reynolds of OrbisEnergy, claimed almost three-quarters of the UK's offshore wind capacity would soon be off the coast of Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex.

“Right now we have more offshore wind generation off the region’s coast than anywhere in the world, and with it some significant opportunities for local businesses. That’s only going to increase with the developments of Dudgeon, Race Bank and Galloper," he said.