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Civil works for EA1 to begin soon

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Murphy has been named as onshore cable civil contractor for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm off the coast of Suffolk. The scope of works include trench excavation, duct installation, reinstatement and proving of joint bay locations and connections to horizontal directional drillings.

The onshore cable civils looks set to begin early October and is expected to be finished at the end of summer next year.

Vince Bowler, power sector director at Murphy, said: “This is a great win for Murphy, and follows on from our previous successful experiences of working with ScottishPower and also recently with DONG Energy on their wind farms at Walney and Hornsea.

“We’ve learnt a lot from those schemes and are looking forward to increasing our productivity on site through improved processes and innovation.”


Charlie Jordan, East Anglia ONE Project Director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “We look forward to working with Murphy. Very early on we decided that the onshore connection would be underground, and we are confident that Murphy will help to successfully deliver this important aspect of the project. Construction work is already underway at our substation in Bramford, and overall the project is progressing well. Offshore work will start next year, and the windfarm will be fully operational during 2020.”

The 714MW East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm will be erected around 45km off the coast of Lowestoft over an area of 300km2. The project is under development by ScottishPower Renewables and will feature 102 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines of type SWT-7.0-154. Siemens is manufacturing the nacelles in Cuxhaven, Germany and plans to produce the corresponding wind turbine blades for the project at its new facility in Hull. Navantia and Lamprell have begun fabrication of the turbine foundations

Offshore construction is estimated to start in 2018 with the installation of the foundations and full commissioning scheduled as early as 2020. The project is expected to meet the energy demands of 500,000 British households annually.

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