The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has announced ambitious expansion plans in the Humber region. It wantst to open a base of operations in Grimsby and create 50 to 70 jobs in the region in the next 10 years.
Chris Hill, operational performance director for ORE Catapult, said: “The Humber, with its energy heritage, location, and extensive experience of servicing offshore wind farms, has quickly established itself as the UK’s centre of excellence in operating and maintaining the existing UK offshore wind fleet.
“The Humber’s O&M cluster includes Ørsted’s expanding East Coast Hub, Innogy’s planned base for Triton Knoll, and suppliers including CWind, James Fisher and Rix Sea Shuttles, and is supported by expertise in the wider Humber area, including Aura and the University of Hull. Therefore, it makes it the ideal location from which the Catapult can continue, and expand, its technology innovation and research activities, working with industry and academia to ensure the UK remains a world-leader in the global offshore wind sector.”
O&M activities make up almost a quarter of the lifetime costs of an offshore wind project and 75% of O&M content comes from the UK supply chain. ORE Catapult says the UK has a competitive advantage in servicing the offshore fleet and can supply products and services to a fast-growing global market.