Grimsby wins another offshore wind farm and brings 60 more jobs to the city.
RWE is bringing the operations and maintenance activities for its project in Sofia to the port and is expanding the existing Triton Knoll base at the Royal Dock.
Sofia is a 1.4 GW development in the Dogger Bank Zone, more than 120 miles off the northeast coast – with the ports of Tyne and Tees apparently keen to bring them ashore.
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Tom Glover, Country President of RWE UK, said: “State-of-the-art operating facilities have already been built for Triton Knoll in ABP’s Royal Dock, which offer the advantages of the deep-sea quays in Grimsby. By expanding these existing facilities, RWE wants to create an important knowledge and competence center that will secure our presence in the region in the long term and from which we expect that it will create more opportunities for local jobs, qualifications and long-term relationships with nearby suppliers. “
A total of 140 employees will be accommodated, while two more farms in the zone were successfully advertised by the company, which opens up further growth potential in addition to Orsted.
Grimsby will also be home to the RWE team of specialists for large component replacement and offshore repairs.
Sven Utermöhlen, CEO for Offshore Wind at RWE Renewables, said: “The Grimsby Hub will be an important facility for RWE, where we will establish a dynamic one-team approach for the operation of our two largest offshore wind farms. By bundling our operations and control room activities in one place, we can exchange knowledge, know-how and insights that are of benefit to the entire RWE offshore fleet. In the long term, this will ensure that our projects deliver efficient and cost-effective electricity and help RWE achieve its goal of becoming climate neutral by 2040. “
RWE will lease a further 1.3 hectares of land to enable the expansion. Construction work is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2022 and be completed before the end of the year; the first move is expected later in 2023.
It will have new shared office space and separate storage facilities, with deep water quays created for the Victorian trust that is being soaked up by the new service vessels.
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Simon Bird, Director of ABP Humber said, “This is fantastic news and another great vote of confidence in the Port of Grimsby, which is already the world’s premier home for offshore wind operations and maintenance. The port has the right combination of location, infrastructure and available manpower to make it a place where the offshore sector will continue to grow in the years to come. “
Sofia will become the ninth offshore wind farm to be operated from the city before the completion of Triton Knoll and Hornsea One. The first construction work is currently being carried out on the 593 km² flat water area. It will contain 100 of Siemens Gamesa’s new 14 MW machines with blades made in Hull – where a huge expansion to scale is underway.
The electricity generated in Lackenby, Teesside, is connected to the grid from a single offshore converter platform within the array and reaches Redcar on land.
The latest expansion will increase Grimsby’s O&M capacity to well over 6 GW, with 857 turbines being controlled from the port in the nearby North Sea.
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