Siemens to take over operation of Grimsby's first offshore wind farm

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 7 Mar 2017

SIEMENS will take over the daily running of Grimsby's first offshore wind farm next month, it has been confirmed.

The global engineering giant, manufacturer of the first 54 turbines erected off the Lincolnshire coast, will now operate and maintain them.

It has been appointed by the new joint owners of Lynn and Inner Dowsing, Green Investment Bank and Blackrock.

Procurement specialist for Centrica, Jonathan Davidson gave an update on the company's strategic withdrawal when he addressed Grimsby Renewables Partnership's latest meeting.

He said: "We are only going to be part of the wind industry as an operator for the next 12 to 14 months. Centrica has now sold all the wind farms. Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farm is owned by Green Investment Bank, and from April 1 the operator will become Siemens. Centrica's involvement will cease.

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"On Lincs wind farm, the largest of the wind farms, we are still the operator for another year. Green Investment Bank bought Lincs wind farm and their operator from February 2018 will be Dong Energy. There is a 12-month transition process to help them in to operating the wind farm. We will be standing back 12 months from now, involvement will cease."

Lynn and Inner Dowsing was bought in a £423 million deal, completed last year. Lincs was sold in January for £730 million, with Siemens offloading its 25 per cent stake at the same time as Centrica. Dong retained its 25 per cent stake.

Siemens has played a significant role in Grimsby's development of an offshore wind hub, with six of the seven farms operating or under construction from the town using the company's turbines. Service teams have been a constant in the port, as they handle the warranty period for the new installations, which generally spans the first five years of operations.

Around 100 people are employed at the purpose-built North Quay base, the first significant infrastructure investment in North East Lincolnshire when it came to offshore wind. Presently it supports the dual Lynn and Inner Dowsing site, each with 27 turbines and a total 194MW capacity, as well as the 270MW Lincs, which until Race Bank comes online next year, still holds the title of the biggest generator served out of Grimsby.

It is understood exact details of how Siemens will operate post-handover are being finalised, with an announcement to come.

Dong Energy has confirmed it intends to relocate operations and maintenance for Lincs to its Royal Dock facility, which will be expanded to welcome the additional farms the Danish giant is behind.

For Mr Davidson's advice to businesses when looking to supply to the big operators, see March's Business Telegraph supplement later this month.



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