Offshore wind’s evolution on the agenda at Grimsby event

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 21 Jan 2019

PIONEERING work by offshore wind giant Orsted in Grimsby will be showcased to the industry in the town next month.

The area’s largest inward investor in the burgeoning sector will use Grimsby Renewables Partnership’s upcoming conference to outline how the new approach is driving down costs and improving practices in the ever-developing industry. The Danish giant’s new head of east coast operations, Stuart Reid, pictured below right, will address the 250 delegates at Humber Royal Hotel.

His role unites the several wind farms operated and maintained from the near-complete East Coast Hub on Royal Dock, where more than 400 employees will soon be based.

Orsted’s lead stakeholder, Emma Toulson, said: “What we are doing in Grimsby is highly innovative. Putting a number of wind farms in to one big site is quite a new way of doing things. Stuart’s role unites the individual teams, ensuring best practice is shared, and further developed.

“It is happening in Grimsby and we are pleased to be expanding and growing in Grimsby.

“The future is bright, with Hornsea One and Two in construction, it all happening from the town, it is a really positive story.”

Read more: Major construction milestone for world's largest wind farm

Originally the location for Westermost Rough, Orsted, formerly Dong Energy, has subsequently built out Race Bank wind farm, and acquired Lincs wind farm from Centrica, housing all within a hugely expanded base, store and quayside operation.

It now regularly welcomes the two large service operation vessels bearing the town’s name, Edda Mistral and Edda Passat, as well as a fleet of supporting vessels.

It has been geared up on land as Hornsea One and Two are now being brought forward in the near North Sea, with two further phases in development in the zone as well as a Race Bank Extension.

Those in construction alone will take Grimsby’s installed offshore wind capacity to 5GW, with the potential to hit 8GW, with more likely as The Crown Estate looks to lease more of the sea bed for a fourth development round.

A decade on since the first generation, with a capacity of 194MW from twin farms Lynn and Inner Dowsing close to the Skegness coast, Grimsby currently has a nameplate of 1.4GW. It prompted participation on the #10yearschallenge social media trend, highlighting the great strides and scale changes witnessed.

The GRP event takes place on Wednesday, February 6. Tickets are available via Eventbrite, click here.



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