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Grimsby set for world's biggest offshore windfarm maintenance hub

Grimsby set for world's biggest offshore windfarm maintenance hub

Grimsby is not normally a place to feature strongly in the Guinness Book of Records, but it will soon be home to the largest offshore windfarm maintenance hub.

Danish green energy firm Dong Energy is planning the construction of the hub in the Royal Dock, with over 200 jobs set to be created as a result.

It will serve three windfarms, including the Westermost Rough installation, which is already operational. The Race Bank and Hornsea Project One installations are currently being constructed and will also be served by the facility once it is completed.

The facility will have a helicopter and two specialised vessels manned by expert crews of around 60 personnel, who can maintain and repair turbines at any time of night or day.

Commenting on the £10 million project, Dong UK's chairman Brent Cheshire called it a "game-changing industry first" that would transform the industry. He said it was part of an ongoing investment by the company in the Humber region set to be worth £6 billion by 2019.
Mr Cheshire added that political policy developments and events such as Brexit were not going to impact on the firm's plans. He added: "We see no real threat to offshore wind from the nuclear story. Offshore wind has a real part to play in terms of government policy and the signals are that it is very much part of the strategy."

UK government policy as set out in the 2015 Conservative manifesto has been to back offshore wind - in which Britain is the world leader - over frequently controversial onshore projects. However, many of the latter are located in Scotland and decisions there are taken at Holyrood.

Controversy has certainly reigned north of the border, not least over the decision to grant planning permission for the Tom nan Clach windfarm in the Highlands, just outside the Cairngorms National Park.

A previous campaign had managed to prevent the building of the Allt Duine windfarm just outside the national park boundary in the Monadhliath mountains.

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