Aldous welcomes £15 million investment in East Anglia offshore wind farm

Waveney MP Peter Aldous this week has welcomed the news that Vattenfall and Scottish Power Renewables, the joint venture partners behind the East Anglia Offshore Wind Zone, have awarded over £15 million in contracts to 28 businesses in East Anglia.

In November last year, the partners revealed that they had awarded contracts in East Anglia to the value of £6.65 million. This latest announcement confirms an additional investment of more than £8 million, which will support over 250 jobs altogether.

Speaking in an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on 26 March, Mr Aldous called on the Government to maximise the British content of UK energy infrastructure projects. In order to tackle the challenges that currently face the UK in terms of replacing its ageing capacity and providing power to the nation’s homes and businesses, he highlighted the need for energy to be affordable, secure in supply and low carbon in content. He emphasised that the Government must take advantage of the opportunity to create economic growth, rebalance the economy towards the regions and attract inward investment. He cited East Anglia as an area that would benefit considerably from initiatives of this nature.

Whilst East Anglia will see significant investment in the energy sector over the next 20 years, with an estimated £80-85 billion in oil and gas, decommissioning, gas storage, nuclear and offshore wind sectors, the challenge lies in how such investment can foster maximum returns. In particular, Mr Aldous called on the Government to ensure that it strives to maximise the British content of UK energy infrastructure projects.

The East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm is developing its first phase of the wind farm and is expecting Government consent next year. If approved, the scheme is expected to deliver £500 million to the region’s economy and 1,600 construction jobs in East Anglia.
Mr Aldous said:

“This announcement is very good news and illustrates the significant opportunities that the development of offshore wind farms in the North Sea offers to businesses throughout East Anglia.

I welcome Scottish Power’s and Vattenfall’s commitment to the region and it is important that working with them, everything possible is done to ensure that local people and local businesses benefit from this. This means ensuring that the necessary investment is made in both skills and infrastructure and local businesses are in the best possible position to bid successfully for contracts.”


Peter holds regular surgeries at various locations in the constituency. Please call 01502 586568 to make an appointment.

Next Surgeries - 2018: 
Beccles, Saturday 14th April
Lowestoft, Wednesday 30th May


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