DONG Energy gets £1m for wind farm base in Grimsby

A Danish energy firm set to develop a wind farm off the coast of East Yorkshire has been granted £1.1 million to help build its operations base in Grimsby. The […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A Danish energy firm set to develop a wind farm off the coast of East Yorkshire has been granted £1.1 million to help build its operations base in Grimsby.

The project is expected to create 100 jobs by 2016 and an additional 475 indirect jobs in vessel and offshore related services in the borough over the next few years.

The cash will help DONG Energy’s £11.5 million plan to build its offshore engineering, operations and maintenance bases at the Port of Grimsby and the Royal Dock which will support the construction and operation of its Westermost Rough offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

The fund is run by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and North East Lincolnshire Council and supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Jason Longhurst, Head of development at North East Lincolnshire Council said: “This is fantastic news for the area and demonstrates how international players have the confidence to invest in North East Lincolnshire and can see both the current and future potential here, cementing the Humber’s status as Europe’s emerging centre for renewables.”

Earlier this week DONG Energy announced it sold two of its onshore wind farms in Norway in a bid to focus more on offshore projects.