DONG Energy has constructed an Operations and Maintenance facility at their Grimsby Wind Farm to aid the upkeep of the 35 wind turbines at its Westermost Rough offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
Works began on site in January 2014 and completed in December creating 80 jobs in the local area following the schemes completion.
The Port of Grimsby is the closest port in steaming distance to the North Sea wind farms and is already home to other leading operators including Siemens, Centrica, E.ON and RES Offshore. DONG Energy’s facilities at the Port of Grimsby include offices for staff and also berthing pontoons for operations and maintenance craft which are designed to host up to 12 vessels.
We caught up with Frank Zeller, a Project Manager at DONG Energy, to find out more about the scheme. Frank commented:
“The Grimsby Facility has been a very interesting project to be involved with. Working at the Port of Grimsby harbour has been challenging and working with the harbour authorities has been really enjoyable.”
When works began an existing warehouse on site was stripped out and two sections of the structure were removed in order to fit Dong’s requirements. A new roof was fitted to the building before works began on the construction of the two storey office facilities.
The building was constructed above the ground in a raised fashion due to the flooding risk as it is near the coast. The room with all of the communication equipment has been installed on the first floor of the building so it is safe from the elements.
The new buildings accommodate 45 staff and consist of meeting rooms, control rooms and changing facilities for offshore wind technicians and crew boat members. Additionally, a new 900 square metre Operations and Maintenance facility has been built at the Royal Dock in Grimsby. These facilities include an office building and changing facilities, a warehouse for spare parts and workshop facilities as well as berthing facilities for up to 12 vessels involved in O&M activities.
Frank commented that approximately 50 office staff and 30 technicians have been appointed to work at the new facility. Dong worked with an array of contractors during the scheme of which they had worked with previously on five other wind farm projects.
The on site team included main contractors Hobson & Porter who were chosen because of their competitive costing as well as their impressive health and safety portfolio which has resulted in no accidents on site. The Hull based firm tipped five other companies to undertake the large project and according to Frank have done a “splendid job”.
The architectural services during the scheme were delivered by Roff Marsh Partnership Limited and Energy Practice were the M & E contractors on the scheme. J P Chicks acted as the structural and drainage designer and Hogarth Cooke Partnership from Colchester were the Quantity Surveyors.
“We have worked with this group on four other projects and so it was easy for us to use them again as have a longstanding relationship with them.”
About DONG Energy
DONG Energy is one of Europe’s leading energy companies. Its main businesses comprise offshore wind power, oil and gas exploration and production. The company also has a Business-to-Business gas sales department in the UK where it is the second largest supplier of gas to the industrial and commercial sector.
Headquartered in Denmark DONG Energy currently employs around 600 people in the UK across seven operational UK projects with one under construction and a further four in development.