Grimsby

Port operator signs deal with energy giant

Port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) has signed an agreement with energy giant Innogy to develop a base location for its offshore wind project, Triton Knoll.

As previously reported, Triton Knoll agreed a deal with Able UK’s Seaton Port to use its facility in Grimsby as the wind farm’s long-term operations and maintenance base.

The Memorandum of Understanding agreement will see new jobs brought into the area surrounding the port and the operations and maintenance base will be the main hub for all support vessels travelling to and from the site.

It will house office space and warehousing facilities and will also be used by crews working at Triton Knoll, which will be built 32km off the coast.

Work on the 860MW project is expected to start in 2019 with the site due to be fully online and commissioned by 2022.

Regional Director for ABP Humber Simon Bird 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.”


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