Siemens in line for Lynn and Inner Dowsing operations contract?

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 Jan 2017

SIEMENS is understood to be close to taking over the operations and maintenance contract for Grimsby's first offshore wind farms.

The global engineering giant provided the turbines and initial service back-up for the twin Lynn and Inner Dowsing locations, which were sold by Centrica and joint venture partner EIG last year.

Blackrock and Green Investment Bank bought the farms, just off the Lincolnshire coast at Skegness, last year, in a deal worth £423 million. It included the 26MW Glens of Foundland onshore wind farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Centrica's operations and maintenance team was retained until March this year.

Siemens has played a large role in Grimsby's development, 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.

While neither company would confirm an impending handover, it is understood to be close to finalisation.

Around 100 people are employed at the purpose-built North Quay base, the first significant infrastructure investment in what is now a burgeoning operations and maintenance hub.

It supports both Lynn and Inner Dowsing, each with 27 turbines and a total 194MW capacity, as well as the 270MW Lincs, in which Siemens – and fellow Grimsby investor Dong Energy, own a 25 per cent share. Centrica, having stated its intention to exit the wind business, is still looking to divest its 50 per cent stake in the latter.

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