Connecting local firms with major players in the offshore wind industry

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 29 Nov 2018

GRIMSBY Renewables Partnership is bringing offshore wind developers Innogy and Orsted together for a major conference early next year.

The organisation, established to connect local businesses to the major names in the burgeoning new industry, will present its second major event in February.

It comes as Triton Knoll and the Hornsea zones prepare to propel the offshore wind capacity controlled by the town from 1.5GW to nearly 5GW.

Already a huge cluster in the industry, the latest projects will see Grimsby become home to the world’s top ranking wind farms.

Read more: Ørsted scales up offshore wind ambition as Hornsea sale completes

Orsted’s Hornsea Project One will become the world’s largest when it is completed, immediately followed by Hornsea Project Two which will raise the bar even higher, at 1.2GW and 1.4GW respectively.

Innogy’s first development in the region will add a further 860MW, as well as fostering a new supply chain opportunity as a new name. A special one-to-one event with the developer will follow the exhibition.

Guest speakers for the day at the Grimsby Renewables Partnership Annual Conference which was held at the Grimsby Institute.

Speakers will update delegates on progress and their needs from the local area, with Associated British Ports and MHI Vestas also involved. ABP, as port operator, works with developers to provide quayside needs, with MHI Vestas responsible for the turbines used on E.on’s Humber Gateway development an the upcoming Triton Knoll project – where a new world-leader, a 9.5MW turbine, is to be used.

Read more: Grimsby's path to 8GW of offshore wind energy

The conference and exhibition will follow a successful event in 2016, and takes place at Humber Royal Hotel. Originally planned for this month, it was moved to avoid a clash with another even in the North East. A welcome reception event preceding the main day.

It starts on February 6, with the conference, followed by an evening drinks reception and networking event. A detailed schedule will be confirmed nearer to the date!

GRP, a 100-plus member organisation, is made up of public and private sector organisations, and tickets priced at £5 are available now, via the Eventbrite booking platform.

An audience of 250 is anticipated.

The organising committee said: “This is a great opportunity to attend an event and find out more about what is going on in the area, and to meet other people working in companies that have already worked in this sector. It will be a chance to take in where we are, and what has been achieved, while hearing about what is still to come.”

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