In July 2022, we secured the enabling works for a HDVC Convertor Station at East Anglia Three, near Ipswich relating to the Offshore Wind Farm Scheme.
East Anglia Three, part of the East Anglia Hub, has a 1.4GW capacity, enough to power around 1.3 million homes and a significant portion of the government’s target of 50GW of offshore wind by 2030. The £6.5bn East Anglia Hub – comprising East Anglia One North, Two and Three – will deliver around 3GW of power in total.
The enabling works consist of the earthworks and drainage required to form a 28,000m2 piling platform and a 16,000m2 contractors compound together with attenuation pond and access roads.
A long-standing relationship with Siemens on the Eleclink scheme had given us the opportunity to tender for the scheme and our reputation for delivery helped to secure the works.
Work on the construction access road at the onshore converter station has started and drainage and earthworks are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Mark Pilling, Siemens Energy vice president for high voltage grids, said: ”The project represents a significant step towards delivering on the UK’s energy transition and progressing to a net zero future.“
ScottishPower Renewables managing director Ross Ovens said: ”Net zero climate change ambitions, energy security and the rising cost of living all point to the need for speed in delivering a greener, more self-sufficient future. Starting construction on EA Three takes us one step closer to that reality and it’s great to see that happen so soon after the project’s success in allocation round four. It’s a really exciting time for us and for the east of England.“