The Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm Project was developed by a 50:50 joint venture between Fluor International Limited and Airtricity (acquired by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) in February 2008). Having successfully completed the development phase and signed the construction contract, Fluor sold its 50 percent stake in Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Ltd to Airtricity.
The project site is located approximately 25 kilometers offshore within the Thames Estuary Strategic Environmental Assessment Area and adjacent to two sand banks known as the Inner Gabbard and The Galloper.
The 147-square kilometer project site encompasses the wind turbines and associated infrastructure, including the met masts and offshore substation platforms. Connection to the high-voltage national grid was made at a new onshore substation located at Sizewell, Suffolk.
The project is expected to provide carbon-neutral, renewable electricity for more than 415,000 homes, making a significant contribution to meeting the U.K. Government's 2010 renewable energy targets.