Great growth in Grimsby charted by Orsted's early pioneer
Jason Ledden on stage at Offshore Wind Connections 2019.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 May 2019
Orsted’s leading builder of offshore wind farms has told of the transformative effect the industry’s arrival is having on the Humber, with a focus on Grimsby.
Jason Ledden is now bringing forward Hornsea Two, having worked on Westermost Rough and Race Bank in a seven year stint In North East Lincolnshire so far.
Fresh from the London Marathon, he hit the Offshore Wind Connections stage running with another hearts-and-minds winning video focused on the working environment now being created in the area.
He said: “I moved to Grimsby in 2012, working in a little blue cabin on the fish docks. There were four of us, starting the Westermost Rough project.
“That completed in 2015. Three years ago I came to the conference to talk about Race Bank project as it went into construction. It is great to see that now fully operational with good green energy pouring in just off the coast.
“Now in 2019 we have completed a £10 million investment in what is now the East Coast Hub. We went from 20 people in 2014 to 300 people. That’s a real difference.”
Looking forward to a quarter three official opening, he said: “The hub enables us to operate and maintain our cluster on the East Coast, winning lots of synergies where we can have people, rather than the old ways of working on one project, working across farms, allowing us to cut costs, share lessons learned and make it more economical.
“We are very lucky in Grimsby with location, and the deep water ports. We are developing skills in the area, we have an apprenticeship programme, with six apprentices at present, four of which are now going offshore and working in the teams.”
He enthused about the pipeline of projects building on what is already there, with his Hornsea Two to take over from Hornsea One as the world’s largest when complete, early next decade.
"Hornsea Two will be the biggest and best value renewable energy project in the world providing clean electricity to over 1.3 million homes," he said.
“I’m very proud of that, so too our community involvement in the likes of the Great Grimsby 10K,” Mr Ledden said, having settled in the town. “I’m told in another 10 years I’ll be allowed to call myself a Grimbarian!”