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Expansion makes Lincolnshire offshore wind farm centre ‘biggest in world’

Grimsby is leading in green technology

A newly expanded offshore wind farm maintenance centre in Grimsby has cemented the town as a world leader in green technology.

Ørsted’s East Coast Hub site recently benefitted from a £10 million investment for its quayside and office facilities.

The firm currently manages for offshore wind farms and has plans for two more in Hornsea which will open in 2020 and 2022.

Once they are complete, the six sites will be able to power over three million homes in the UK.

To celebrate the official opening on Friday, September 27 the MP for Grimsby Melanie Onn will unveil a plaque at the site

She said: “I am so pleased to be opening the newly expanded East Coast Hub for Ørsted. Offshore wind has already boosted our local economy and helped transform our town for the better.

“Grimsby is now known as a leader in offshore wind technology. I am proud that our town is leading the UK in producing renewable energy.

“I look forward to seeing further benefits that this expansion will bring to the Great Grimsby area through employment, training, investment and community project support.”

Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund has already funded 97 deserving projects, sharing a total of £1.1 million.

Darren Ramshaw, Ørsted Head of the East Coast Region, said: “Grimsby has become a leading light in the development of offshore wind for the country and has really embraced the skills and opportunities that have become available within this exciting sector.

“With the port’s regeneration also on the horizon, we are excited to be a part of the development and growth in this area.”

The hub’s recent renovation comes as the local council secured around £88 million to build 10,000 new homes and create new 8,000 jobs.