Danish mission delight for wind energy leaders

September 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

A TRADE mission to Denmark left local businesses in no doubt as to the huge potential of the offshore wind industry to transform the Humber region.

Almost 20 businesses and organisations took part in the three-day visit, which was organised by Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA) and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

  1. SIZE OF THE PRIZE:   Members of the Humber business delegation to Denmark pictured on a visit to the Port of Esbjerg. Behind them is Helwin  Alpha, the transformer station that will be part of the North Sea East offshore wind farm grid connection.

    SIZE OF THE PRIZE: Members of the Humber business delegation to Denmark pictured on a visit to the Port of Esbjerg. Behind them is Helwin Alpha, the transformer station that will be part of the North Sea East offshore wind farm grid connection.

Delegates including Carlbom Shipping, DFDS Seaways, and the Hull Humber Chamber of Commerce, toured the main production facilities of Siemens Wind Power in Brande, and also visited “Energy Metropolis” Esbjerg to see its offshore wind harbour facilities.

As well as emphasising the sheer scale of development required to seize the manufacturing opportunities being afforded by the forthcoming Round Three offshore wind turbines in the North Sea, the visit also left delegates feeling encouraged about the Humber’s prominent position within the burgeoning industry.


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Kurt Christensen, managing director of Grimsby-based Windpower Support, which provides vessels for the offshore wind sector, said: “It was a very educational visit. It certainly gave you an idea of the sheer scale of the operation that Siemens have in Brande where they manufacture the nacelles for the turbines, and the large area that has been made available in Esbjerg. To be there and see it was incredible.

“I went to see what they are doing because there’s no doubt in my mind that it has got to happen here. It leaves me in no doubt that the Able site has got to be built. It’s absolutely paramount.”

Mr Christensen, who has served as Danish consul in Grimsby for nearly 20 years, said: “One thing that did please me was that the Danes were very well aware of where Grimsby is.

“As soon as I mentioned Grimsby their eyes lit up.

“Everyone is looking at this factory in the Humber.

“We have all known for a while that with the work on the wind farms being built over the next couple of years, Grimsby Fish Docks is in a very nice position.”

The visit also provided an opportunity to strengthen the growing links between the Humber region and Denmark, following hot on the heels of the arrival of Danish energy giant Dong in Grimsby and the announcement of regular flights to Copenhagen from Humberside Airport, which start in late October.

ON THE WEB: Read more about Dong Energy’s arrival in Grimsby at www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/business


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