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Galloper gets helipad approval

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Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Committee has approved a temporary scheme for Galloper Offshore Wind Ltd to establish a temporary helipad at Greak Oakley Lodge.

The temporary facility includes a porta-cabin as an office and canteen, a new fuel storage tank, refuelling, lighting and car parking at the site. It may be required for up to 24 months from the middle of November whilst a more permanent base is established at Harwich International Port.

Great Oakley Airfield is already allowed three helicopter take-offs per day and Galloper will require up to a maximum of a further 20 movements.

Three companies have been selected as the preferred bidders for the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) base which is to be built in Harwich. A planning application is currently being processed for the O&M building and infrastructure; if successful and the development is given the green light, the three construction contracts will become live. A decision is expected later this summer on the planning application for the O&M base.  

The construction of Galloper is scheduled to be completed by spring 2018 and once operational it is expected to meet the needs of approximately 300,000 households.

Swire Blue Ocean's jack-up installation vessel Pacific Orca is installing the turbines at the site, operating from the Outer Harbour of the Port of Great Yarmouth.

innogy is leading the development and construction of Galloper on behalf of its partners the UK Green Investment Bank, Siemens Financial Services, Sumitomo Corporation and Macquarie Capital.

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