Orsted has appointed Hobson & Porter as the principal contractor for a multi-million-pound extension to its offshore wind operations centre at the Royal Docks in Grimsby, UK.
The extension, ‘The Orsted East Coast Hub’, will be the largest offshore wind operations and maintenance facility in the UK and will serve some of Orsted’s east coast projects, including the world’s biggest offshore wind farms.
The construction of the new operations centre is Hobson & Porter’s fifth contract with Orsted.
In December 2014, Hobson & Porter completed the operations base and warehouses for Orsted to service its Westermost Rough and Lincs offshore wind farms.
Under the contract, a two-storey office building was constructed and the existing warehouse at Grimsby’s Royal Docks building was refurbished to provide an onshore base for the offshore wind farm.
High-tech vessels, which can accommodate up to 60 crew and technicians while remaining at sea for long periods, will serve the hub.
The hub will also feature a comprehensive marine and helicopter coordination centre, which can provide round-the-clock service to offshore operations across the UK and beyond.
Latest Service Operational Vessels (SOVs), supplied by Ostensjo Rederi and designed by Rolls-Royce, will operate from the new hub. The SOV will be able to spend up to 28 consecutive days on station at the wind farm and service six to eight wind turbines each day.
The extension at Grimsby Royal Dock was a result of cooperation with the landowner, ABP Grimsby and consultation with North East Lincolnshire Council.
Orsted UK managing director Matthew Wright said: “We are delighted to expand our presence in the Humber region even further.
“Offshore wind is a major economic engine for the Humber region, and this multi-million-pound investment demonstrates our long-term commitment to the area.
“Orsted is building the biggest wind farms in the world off the Yorkshire Coast, Hornsea Projects One and Two, which combined have the capacity to generate clean energy for well over 2.3 million homes.
“We are proud to award the contract to a UK firm with a strong, local UK supply chain.”
Hobson & Porter contract manager Gary Allen said: “Our appointment as principal contractor for the new project with Orsted in Grimsby is exciting and marks the next phase in our working relationship.
“It is the result of a great deal of hard work on the part of our team, enabling us to gain a thorough understanding of Orsted’s ambitions, methods, standards and requirements at its East Coast Hub in Grimsby.”