Early offshore wind disciple takes All NRG role in Grimsby

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 21 Feb 2017

ANDY Dickson has been appointed as operations manager for Danish inward investor All NRG.

The experienced offshore wind figure has moved across the car park on Port of Grimsby East from RES, where he was project manager, to Old Lock Keepers Cottage.

Mr Dickson, who first started work in the industry with Siemens nine years ago, having worked with electrical installations since starting his career with Ross Foods in the Eighties, is delighted with the new role.

He said: “It is an exciting time for us all and goes to show Grimsby, and the industry, can still drive more investment from abroad, despite Brexit.

“My biggest challenge now is recruiting the staff and getting them to the level of the Danish staff. It is my task to build a team to offer the full package for operations and maintenance. We are going to be looking for high voltage trained staff, service technicians and rope access technicians. We need to be able to offer a full service to the wind farm owners. A comprehensive service from the transition piece up to the top of the blades.”

All NRG arrived in Grimsby in the summer of 2015, having brought together three Danish specialists, VB Enterprise, Apro Wind and Q-Star.

The base followed initial contract wins, and the company now has people working offshore on the build of Dudgeon offshore wind farm and the pre-assembly point at Siemens Green Port Hull. It is now looking to secure work on Dong Energy’s Race Bank.

“VBE and Apro have both got very good reputations in the wind industry, they have worked on quite a number of wind farms, not just in the UK but throughout Europe,” Mr Dickson said. “That experience and reputation will stand us in good stead to be able to expand in the UK.”

A former HETA trainee and mechanic by trade, he joined Kimberly-Clark after Ross, then moved into waste incineration before becoming an early convert to the wind industry, having seen what it was bringing to the Humber.

“The offshore wind cluster around Grimsby is the reason All NRG came here to set up the UK business,” Mr Dickson said. “Although we will be sending people west and south, it is a great place to be located because of this cluster.

“I have seen the impact it has had on Grimsby. It is one of the most exciting industries I have ever worked in. It is a great time to be in the industry, it is still expanding and for any youngsters looking for a career I can definitely recommend it. It is exciting and there are so many different opportunities.”

Husband and wife team Kathryn and Frank Nørremark had set up the base, with the intention of recruiting a local manager once established.

Mr Dickson met Mrs Nørremark at a Grimsby Renewables Partnership event.

She said: “We have been searching for a new operations manager. We needed someone we could trust, someone local, and someone already in the wind industry, that was our main concern.”

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