The Galloper Wind Farm construction team in Lowestoft has been joined by two new members with a passion for science and technology, as the East Coast Energy Internship launched this week.

Felicity Levett (19) and Joel Pointon (17), both students from Lowestoft Sixth Form College, are working at Galloper’s Offshore Construction Coordination Base in Lowestoft for a four-week period over the summer. They will each complete research and design projects related to the construction of the up to 336MW offshore wind farm. 

The East Coast Energy Internship is a brand new scheme established by The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Ogden Trust and Suffolk County Council in association with Waveney District Council. It is part of a wider scheme called The Lowestoft Engineering Project, which is providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) opportunities to pupils at 12 primary schools, four high schools and two colleges in the town.

Plugging the gap between work experience and apprenticeships, the internship scheme is fully funded by the Ogden Trust and provides the students with a real and meaningful placement that utilises and enhances their STEM skills in a business environment.

Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, said “This is a great opportunity for Felicity and Joel to get a true understanding of the sector and to make their mark on this vitally important project that will contribute to a secure supply of low carbon energy.

The Galloper project is expected to create around 700 jobs created during construction and around 90 jobs once the wind farm is operational.

Intern Felicity said: “I’m really excited to be involved in a project of this scale and importance. I think it will be great to get hands-on experience of working from the Offshore Construction Coordination Base as part of a team but also learning more about how the build of the wind farm is coordinated from my hometown. I’m sure this will confirm my ambitions to work in science or engineering after university too."

Notes for editors:

  1. Intern projects
    During Felicity’s time with Galloper, she will be undertaking Project Quayside Vessel Access System, which will look at designing a quayside access system at the base in Lowestoft to support the operation of around 16 Crew Transfer Vessels and support vessels.  The system will need to provide for the safe flow of personnel and equipment between the onshore base and vessels. She will be working alongside the team from James Fisher and Sons who are delivering an integrated suite of offshore and marine services during the construction of the wind farm.

    Joel will be completing Project Fuel System Design and will need to propose a solution for a fuel system at the Galloper base to support the operation of the Crew Transfer Vessels and support vessels. The fuel system must provide for the project logistical requirements of fuel deliveries, storage and bunkering of vessels. He will be working closely with Andy Mee, Galloper’s Offshore Site Manager.
  2. Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is an extension of the existing and fully operational Greater Gabbard Wind Farm off the coast of Suffolk. The wind farm represents an expected investment potential of around £1.5 billion. It is estimated that the average annual generation expected at the site will be equivalent to the approximate domestic needs of around 336,000 average UK households. Following Financial Close of the project in October 2015 the GWFL project announced the equal joint equity partnership of 25% each between RWE Innogy UK, UK Green Investment Bank, Siemens Financial Services and Macquarie Capital. RWE Innogy UK is part of RWE International SE. Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is expected to commence operations in March 2018. 
  3. RWE International SE (innogy) is one of the leading European energy companies. With its three business areas of Renewables, Grid & Infrastructure as well as Retail, it addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world. The focus of RWE International SE (innogy)’s activities is on offering existing and potential customers innovative and sustainable products and services which enable them to use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life. The key markets are Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and several countries in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe, especially the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. In renewable power generation, the company is also active in other regions, e.g. Spain and Italy. The new subsidiary of RWE AG started operations on 1 April 2016. On 29 June 2016, the name of the European stock company was announced: innogy. The new name is expected to take formal effect as of September 2016, at which time the company as well as its products and services will be gradually rebranded. Until then, the subsidiary will continue under the name RWE International SE. The innogy brand name is a symbiosis of the terms innovation, energy and technology.

    Based on the combined financial statements for 2015, the company would have a revenue of around €46 billion and an EBITDA of €4.5 billion. The company is expected to employ around 40,000 out of a total of around 60,000 employees of the RWE Group once the restructuring process has been completed.
  4. James Fisher and Sons has a heritage spanning more than 165 years and is an established, experienced and respected global company. Entrepreneurial in outlook, they encourage innovation, creativity and career ownership. Their new and existing employees continue to develop ideas and lead us successfully into the future.
  5. The Ogden Trust supports a range of initiatives, programmes and projects to promote the teaching and learning of physics. The Ogden Trust's educational bursaries and grants were first conceived by Peter Ogden during 1998 and launched in 1999. The Trust's aim is to maximise the opportunities available to young people in all parts of the UK's educational system and is now focused on science, particularly physics.
  6. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

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