Ørsted’s East Coast Hub will be the largest operations base for offshore wind in the UK and is raising the bar for the way offshore wind farms are maintained.
Located in the Grimsby Royal Dock, the East Coast Hub currently serves Ørsted’s Lincs, Westermost Rough and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Hornsea Project One and Hornsea Project Two, both currently under construction, will also be operated from the East Coast Hub when completed.
The Hub is currently in the final stages of construction with local firm Hobson & Porter undertaking the work. It is due for completion in Q1 2019.
There are 250 people working from the East Coast Hub already and this will rise to 400 once Hornsea Project One and Project Two are constructed. This includes Ørsted’s wind turbine technician apprentices.
The Hub features a comprehensive marine and helicopter coordination centre capable of providing 24-7 service to offshore operations across the UK and beyond.
Ørsted’s new Service Operational Vessel (SOV), the Edda Passat, is also operated from the East Coast Hub. The 60-cabin vessel serves the Race Bank project and is transforming the way offshore wind farms are operated, spending up to 28 consecutive days out at sea and servicing six to eight wind turbines each day.
Technicians work a two-week on, two-week off shift pattern, living on the vessel – which features a restaurant, gym and cinema room – during that two-week period. The SOV, designed by Britain’s Rolls-Royce, enables technicians to “walk to work” as they transfer straight onto a turbine from the vessel, improving efficiency and safety
Matthew Wright, Ørsted’s UK Managing Director, says:
“We are delighted to expand our presence in the Humber region even further. Offshore wind is a major economic engine for the Humber, and this multi-million-pound investment demonstrates our long-term commitment to the area.
“Ørsted 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.
“This state-of-the-art facility will be the base for the hundreds of workers operating and maintaining our projects.”
Lauren Little, Ørsted’s Stakeholder Advisor Humber Region, says:
“I love working at a company where the vision is to create a world that runs entirely on green energy, and there are so many opportunities for people in the clean growth sector.
“Here at our East Coast Hub you can be based onshore or offshore, working in maritime co-ordination or going up turbines every day to support the day-to-day operations of our wind farms. Our apprentices are based here too.
“My own interest in the offshore wind industry started through my degree at Newcastle University where I learned about how the industry was growing in the North East. I could see that Grimsby was going on a similar journey and I really wanted to part of this because Grimsby is my hometown. There’s a huge variety of roles available and it’s a really exciting time for the industry here in the Humber and in the UK.”
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