First UK project backed by EUR 315 billion Plan

European Investment Bank has agreed to provide £225million for the Galloper Wind Farm Ltd to be constructed 27 km off the Suffolk Coast.

OffshoreWindmillOnce operational the offshore wind farm will be capable of providing enough clean energy to supply up to 336,000 homes from the world’s largest wind turbines.

The project also represents the UK’s first pre-construction offshore wind project finance deal.

This is the first UK project to be backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe.

The £1.5 billion UK renewable energy project is set to create over 700 jobs during construction and nearly a hundred once operational. Already more than £150 million has been spent during development of the scheme and once operational Galloper will use 56 six megawatt turbines.

The European Investment Bank is supporting the Galloper project alongside a consortium of 12 commercial banks.

Over the last 5 years the European Investment Bank has provided more than EUR 5 billion for investment in offshore wind farms in the North Sea off the UK, Belgian, Dutch and German coasts, as well as offshore transmission links to connect offshore wind farms to national electricity networks.

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