Potential growth for Grimsby as ABP signs MOU with energy giant

September 4, 2018

Left: The Port of Grimsby has been identified as the ideal location for a new O&M base

Once again, the Port of Grimsby lives up to its reputation as a centre of excellence for offshore wind, as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is been signed between port operator, ABP and energy giant, innogy, to develop a base location for innogy’s latest offshore wind project, Triton Knoll.

The agreement could see additional jobs brought in to the area surrounding the port, where the wind farm’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base will be located.

The O&M base, located along the quayside on the port estate, will be the main hub for all support vessels travelling to and from the site. As well as housing office space and warehousing facilities, the O&M base will also be used by the crews working at Triton Knoll, which will be built 32km off the coast.

Construction for the 860MW project is due to commence in 2019, with the site anticipated to be fully online and commissioned by 2022.

Simon Bird, Regional Director for ABP Humber said: “The River Humber has been labelled as the UK’s Energy Estuary and as this deal shows, that’s for good reason. We’re extremely pleased to welcome the Triton Knoll project team on to the port and look forward to watching the site develop and take shape.

“As well as the expansion to our existing showcase of excellent windfarm facilities, we’re most pleased at the prospect of further increasing employment in and around the port.”

Once complete, it is anticipated that the Triton Knoll project will be able to generate enough electricity to supply 800,000 households with renewable energy.