Here's what the UK's largest offshore wind farm hub will look like - on Grimsby's Royal Dock

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Feb 2018

Construction of the UK’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance hub is in full swing in Grimsby, with a new image released showing how it will look when complete.   

Ørsted has appointed Hull’s Hobson & Porter to lead the works on the multi-million-pound extension to its original operations centre at Royal Dock.  

The Ørsted East Coast Hub, as it will be known, will be the UK’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance facility. It will be the focus for 500 employees by the time the current project pipeline is realised.

In December 2014, Hobson & Porter completed the original operations base and warehouses for Ørsted – then Dong Energy – to service its Westermost Rough offshore wind farm. The contract involved the construction of a two-storey office building and the refurbishment of an existing warehouse.  This new contract signals a substantial extension to the existing facility to create a hub capable for supporting multiple offshore wind projects.

Transforming the way wind farms are supported, the hub will be served by high-tech vessels capable of accommodating up to 60 crew and technicians while remaining at sea for long periods. It will also include a comprehensive marine and helicopter coordination centre capable of providing 24-7 service to offshore operations across the UK and beyond.

State-of-the-art service operational vessels, supplied by Ostensjo Rederi and designed by Rolls-Royce, will operate from the new hub. Once mobilised, they will spend up to 28 days on station at the wind farms, where they will be able to service six to eight turbines a day.

Matthew Wright, Ørsted UK managing director,said: “We are delighted to expand our presence in the Humber region even further. Offshore wind is a major economic engine for the Humber region, and this multi-million-pound investment demonstrates our long-term commitment to the area.

“Ørsted is building the biggest wind farms in the world off the Yorkshire Coast, Hornsea Projects One and Two, which combined have the capacity to generate clean energy for well over 2.3 million homes. We are proud to award the contract to a UK firm with a strong, local UK supply chain. This state-of-the-art facility will be the base for the hundreds of workers both constructing these projects, and operating and maintaining the projects we already have in the area.”

The extension at Grimsby Royal Dock has been possible thanks to close co-operation with the landowner, ABP, as well as consultation with North East Lincolnshire Council. 

READ MORE: Hornsea Project Three timeline latest

Gary Allen, senior contract manager for Hobson & Porter, said: “Our appointment as principal contractor for the new project with Ørsted in Grimsby is exciting and marks the next phase in our working relationship. It is the result of a great deal of hard work on the part of our team, enabling us to gain a thorough understanding of Ørsted’s ambitions, methods, standards and requirements at its East Coast Hub in Grimsby.

“One of our strengths as a long-established Humber-based company is our local supply chain, which means we are extremely well resourced to deliver a project of this scale and complexity. This is a great advantage, and one which has proven its worth time and time again.”

This is the firm's fifth contract with Ørsted.

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