Scroby Sands offshore wind farm
Scroby Sands offshore wind farm

Offshore wind farm

Scroby Sands

Commissioned in March 2004, Scroby Sands is one of the UK's first commercial offshore wind farms. Located on the Scroby Sands sandbank in the North Sea, 2.5 kilometres off the coast of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, it has an installed capacity of 60 megawatts and is able to power over 48,000 households.

Project status: In operation

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Facts and figures


wind turbines

Power for over 00

average UK households

00 megawatts

Green energy generated

Offshore wind revolution

Scroby Sands was one of the first of a group of projects to be built in the UK, and all in coastal locations with relatively shallow waters close to shore. Scroby Sands was built on a prehistoric sandbank and, because of natural changes in the marine environment and coastal erosion, this has risen over time effectively isolating four turbines from being accessed by service vessels.

RWE, in partnership with Commercial Rib Charters (CRC), is driving an offshore wind revolution, with the innovative design and build of a world-first amphibious vessel for reaching offshore wind farms in shallow waters.

Scroby Sands offshore wind farm

The unique crew transfer vessel has initially been designed to reach turbines at Scroby Sands, which have become stranded by the natural rising tide of the sandbank on which it is built. The fully seaworthy vessel, which can also drive on land, provides a unique access solution for some of the industry’s first-generation assets affected by very dynamic seabed conditions. We have named the vessel CRC Walrus.

Ownership and operation

Scroby Sands is owned and operated by RWE Offshore Wind GmbH (100%).

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