ScottishPower Renewables has awarded a major construction services contract to local company Stowen Group for the East Anglia Hub offshore wind farm.
The multi-million pounds contract will see the Great Yarmouth-based company – which was previously a subcontractor on East Anglia 1 – directly support the offshore construction for East Anglia 1 North, East Anglia 2 and East Anglia 3.
This will include the provision of specialist key personnel, management and coordination of interim operations and maintenance during the construction programme.
The scope of works also extends to the provision of training, materials and equipment associated with the offshore works.
East Anglia 3, which will be the world’s second largest windfarm when it comes into operation in 2026, will be the first of the Hub projects supported by Stowen.
East Anglia 3 will support more than 2300 jobs across the supply chain during the two-year offshore construction period.
Kieron Ford, Business Growth Director at the Stowen Group, said: “This contract award provides a solid platform for Stowen to build on our ambitions to provide safe, secure and lasting careers across the East of England through training and development that supports people coming into the industry at all levels – from apprentices through to management.
“In practice for Stowen, it means growing our workforce locally through skills transfer, apprenticeships and upskilling; solidifying our reputation as a leading services provider in the offshore wind industry, while contributing to the UK’s net zero future. It is a momentous collaboration for us.”
Ross Ovens, ScottishPower Renewables’ Managing Director for the East Anglia Hub, said: “Working with Stowen on this contract and supporting the business to expand and build on its ambitions is a terrific example of the transformational impact of offshore wind, and ScottishPower’s projects, in this region.”