UK firms signed up for world's largest wind farms as supplier event looms

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Nov 2018

Two more UK suppliers have been taken on board by renewable energy giant Ørsted as the world’s largest offshore wind farms emerge out of Grimsby. 

Hornsea One and Two are being built consecutively, and will be operated and maintained from the Danish firm’s East Coast Hub on Royal Dock.

Preston high voltage cable system specialist VolkerInfra, has signed a multi million-pound contract to install 360km of 220kV onshore cables for Hornsea Two.

Having worked with Ørsted on a previous project, Burbo Bank Extension, the Lancashire team will head east to install three circuits along the 39km onshore cable route, which runs from Horseshoe Point to the substation site in North Killingholme.

Workers enjoy the sunset out at Hornsea Project One.

Peter Cooke, technical development director at VolkerInfra, said “We are delighted that Ørsted has selected VolkerInfra as their partner of choice to deliver this highly strategic project. We now look forward to demonstrating our professionalism, expertise and exceeding their expectations of our delivery capabilities in this arena.”

As part of its efforts to encourage UK suppliers to get involved in Hornsea Two, Ørsted has organised a supply chain event on November 14 at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. VolkerInfra, and other tier one suppliers, will join the project team at the event, which is open to suppliers from all over the UK, to maximise the number of British companies at all levels of the supply chain.

A VolkerInfra installation. 

Peter Clusky, Hornsea Two supply chain development manager said: “In the past five years alone, Ørsted has placed major contracts directly with nearly 100 different UK companies to help build and maintain our offshore wind farms. The majority of these contracts have a value of over £1 million and more than 75 per cent of these companies have received multiple contracts.

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“Dozens more tier two firms have also benefitted by working indirectly with these tier one suppliers, as well as other non-UK tier one suppliers where we are not able to source from the UK at tier one. We remain absolutely committed to supporting the development of a world-class UK supply chain for offshore wind that can also take advantage of the growing global market.”

Manor Renewable Energy team at work. 

Dorset-based Manor Renewable Energy Ltd has also signed up to provide the full temporary power package of generators, personnel and vessels in case of need during the turbine installation and commissioning for Hornsea Project One.

Starting in January, MRE will use its own multi-purpose vessel, Manor Venture, to lead the project scope; with an onboard capacity of 40 tonnes and accommodation for 12 personnel.

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The vessel has been manufactured in Portland, with generators provided by JCB.

MRE director Toby Mead said: “We’re delighted to once again be working with the global leader in offshore wind, on what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. What’s more – we know that Ørsted place significant importance to ensuring UK content for their UK offshore wind farms, so we’re especially pleased to continue to hire from the local area and be able to offer a UK vessel, with UK generators.”

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