Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm

Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (50%) and innogy (50%). SSE Renewables operates the offshore wind farm.

The 504MW offshore wind farm has been in operation since 2012, generating enough low-carbon renewable energy each year to power the equivalent of over 400,000 UK homes.

Greater Gabbard was a pioneering project for the UK offshore wind industry and for many years the 140-turbine site was the largest wind farm under development world-wide.

Greater Gabbard was awarded development rights from The Crown Estate in 2003. Planning permission was granted four years later, and in 2008 onshore construction work began around Sizewell in Suffolk. Lowestoft was selected as the Operations and Maintenance base in 2009, bringing 100 jobs to the area. Offshore construction began, and in 2011 the first two turbines produced power to the National Grid. All 140 turbines were commissioned and have been producing power since 2012.

The next exciting phase to this wind farm is the Greater Gabbard Extension project. This was successful in The Crown Estate’s Habitat Regulations Assessment process. The project, which could generate up to 504MW, will now progress to award of rights and has the potential to build on an already successful legacy in the East of England with partner innogy.

About Greater Gabbard wind farm
Project nameGreater Gabbard Offshore Windfarm Ltd (GGOWL)
OwnershipThis project is a 50:50 Joint Venture between SSE Renewables and innogy, with SSE Renewables as leading developer.
LocationGGOWL is located in the North Sea, 23km off the coast of Suffolk, close to its sister project Galloper Offshore Wind Farm.
MW capacity504MW
Number of turbines140 wind turbines, manufactured by Siemens
Year site became operational2012
Operations and maintenance baseLowestoft, Suffolk
Lifetime community funds valueSince opening in 2012, GGOWL has donated more than £60k in support of the local community, which includes £33,574 since 2016/17. 

£165,000 investment in training GGOWL based staff since 2017

£105,000 training investment planned for 2020/21.

Since 2015, we have recruited eight pipeline trainees to GGOWL Operations & Maintenance Team. Future plans include delivery of a five-year pipeline trainee plan which will grow our pipeline trainee numbers at the Lowestoft base