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Unexploded mines off Suffolk coast to be cleared for wind farm project

PUBLISHED: 17:58 26 April 2016

Lee Gooderham of Ordtek with some of the unexploded ordance found at previous windfarm sites

Lee Gooderham of Ordtek with some of the unexploded ordance found at previous windfarm sites

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Unexploded wartime mines which litter the Suffolk coastline are being cleared ahead of a new wind farm site being built.

Ordtek's Mine Map showing the mining areas off SuffolkOrdtek's Mine Map showing the mining areas off Suffolk

Ordtek, with offices in Eye, and OrbisEnergy, from Lowestoft, are using their recently launched Mine Map to find any unexploded ordance on the sea bed 17 miles offshore where the £1.5billion 56-turbine Galloper project will be sited.

The area was heavily mined in both the First and Second World Wars, and was an active training area for the British military.

Lee Gooderham, Ordtek director, said: “We are delighted to be working on this important renewable energy project off our local Suffolk shoreline.

“This is a significant and complex project, with considerable ordnance having previously been found at the neighbouring Greater Gabbard site.”

The work, which will include surveys at sea, is likely to take at least six months.

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