The UK’s port of Great Yarmouth – part of Peel Ports Group – will receive GBP6 million (USD7.8 million) of funding from Norfolk County Council to establish an offshore energy operations and maintenance site.

Peel Ports Group said that the site, which will be located at the entrance of River Yare, will provide better access to offshore wind projects in the southern part of the North Sea.

Richard Goffin, port director at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, said: “The offshore energy sector is a huge opportunity for the region, with the UK targeting a third of electricity to be produced by offshore wind power by 2030.

“At Great Yarmouth, we have continually invested in our facilities to ensure we are well positioned to deliver large-scale offshore projects, whether that is assisting with the construction and assembly of new larger wind farms or the decommissioning of old oil and gas platforms.”

The funding is part of the UK Government’s GBP900 million (USD1.16 billion) ‘Getting Building Fund’ to help deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure as part of the post-pandemic recovery.