LONDON, Sept 22 Denmark's DONG Energy
said on Thursday it would build a
multi-million-pound maintenance hub in Grimsby, northeast
England, to provide services for its offshore wind operations.
The new facility would, subject to planning approval, be
built at the town's Royal Dock and provide maintenance support
to the company's wind farms in the region.
"It represents a massive vote of confidence to the UK
offshore wind industry and confirms our commitment to the Humber
region where by 2019 we expect to have invested around 6 billion
pounds ($7.8 billion)," Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy's UK country
chairman, said in a statement.
DONG has two operational wind farms on the east coast of
England, Lincs and Westermost Rough, and two further projects,
Race Bank and Hornsea One, under construction.
These wind farms combined are expected to provide
electricity to around 1.5 million homes.
Offshore wind farms typically have annual maintenance
checks, which are one of the largest running costs due to their
location several kilometres out at sea.
The Grimsby site would house service operation vessels,
supplied by Norwegian shipping company Ostensjo Rederi and
designed by Britain's Rolls-Royce, which will be capable
of accommodating up to 60 crew and technicians and remaining at
sea for long periods, DONG said.
($1 = 0.7649 pounds)
(Reporting by Susanna Twidale; Editing by Dale Hudson)