Grimsby is the operations and maintenance (O&M) hub at the centre of the UK’s offshore renewables sector, enabling fast access to domestic and European markets. Across the Humber region there are an estimated 4000+ people employed in the energy and renewables sector.
A Leading UK offshore renewables O&M hub
The port’s central location also enables fast access to offshore wind ports around the UK, and European markets.
Grimsby’s O&M cluster is well-established and growing. Companies located at the port include Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa, E.ON, RWE, and RES. The wider Humber Energy Estuary cluster include Siemens (wind turbine blade manufacturing, Hull) and Able Marine Energy Park.
Wind farm and market connectivity
The Port of Immingham provides offshore wind businesses with deep-water port facilities and frequent ro-ro and container services to Northern European and Scandinavian industry centres.
Humberside Airport (located less than 30 minutes’ drive time from Grimsby) is the UK’s 4th largest air transport helicopter base, with services supporting Hornsea and other North Sea wind farms.
European Market Access: 80% of North Sea power zones and 60% of the European market (2020) are accessible within 12 hours’ steaming time of Grimsby and Immingham.
North East Lincolnshire’s development and Enterprise Zones are ideally positioned for a range of renewable energy projects. Exciting renewable energy projects coming to North East Lincolnshire include Altalto Immingham, which intends to be the first commercial scale waste-to-transport-fuels plant in the UK.
Specialist offshore renewables sector skills
Grimsby’s offshore renewables cluster is supported by specialist training providers, including:
Humber Offshore Training Association (HOTA): nationally approved training and bespoke courses for offshore renewables sector companies
Grimsby Institute: further and higher educational courses in specialisations including electrical, mechanical and operations engineering and logistics
CATCH: accredited training for the offshore renewables and industrial sectors.
Maersk Training Humber is the fourth UK centre. It offers a full training solution based on a mixture of classroom based, practical and on-site training, tailored to meet individual requirements. High quality training is granted, through important accreditations from industry leading bodies.