Transforming coastal communities

Over the last decade, we’ve invested over £10bn constructing our UK offshore wind farms. This is helping to transform coastal communities across the UK through investment in local facilities, the creation of high-skilled jobs and the development of competitive, export-orientated local supply chains. We have operational hubs in Barrow-in-Furness, Liverpool, Grimsby and in Brightlingsea.

Wind farm technicians at our operations base in Barrow-in-Furness on the UK’s north west coast.

Wind farm technicians at our operations base in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Example: A new vision for Grimsby

Once the largest fishing port in the world, Grimsby experienced the effects of post-industrial decline as its main economy slowed. Working with industry, the coastal town has developed a new vision focused on offshore wind and the renewable energy sector. Watch the video below to find out more about how offshore wind is helping to transform Grimsby through sustainable, green growth and an economic ‘ripple effect’ that will continue for years.

A strong local presence

Transforming Coastal Communities - Orsted's East Coast Hub Grimsby
Ørsted’s East Coast Hub Operations and Maintenance facility in Grimsby

Ørsted has established a strong presence in the coastal communities in which we operate. Since we opened our office at the port of Grimsby in 2014, our continued investment, including a £10 million extension to our East Coast Hub operations and maintenance (O&M) facility, has helped breathe new life into the dockside. The award-winning facility, built by local company Hobson and Porter, currently supports over 370 workers. These are long-term, high-skilled jobs, that will be required for the 25-year lifetime of our wind farms.

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Developing competitive local

supply chains

Transforming Communities - Supply chain for Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm

We worked with more than 50 local suppliers and contractors during the construction of Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea.

We are committed to supporting the development of competitive local supply chains that not only support the construction and operation and maintenance of our UK wind farms but also support us in our other markets. For over ten years, Ørsted has worked closely with UK companies to deliver significant multi-billion-pound infrastructure projects, helping to generate regional economic development.

In the Humber, our pipeline of orders has supported the development of a £310 million Siemens Gamesa blade manufacturing facility. The Hull based site now employs over 1,000 people and is delivering a multi-million-pound turbine order for Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. We have also witnessed a number of offshore wind suppliers grow and expand their businesses, including offshore engineering businesses, C Wind and James Fisher and Sons, and offshore substation specialist Semco Maritime – who have all established offices in Grimsby.

Our projects are also helping to drive regeneration in the North West and Barrow-in-Furness, where our multi-million-pound investment in our operations and maintenance facilities on the Port of Barrow led to new ABP facilities, including a new state of the art lead-in jetty. On our most recent project in the Irish Sea, Walney Extension offshore wind farm, we worked with more than 50 local suppliers and contractors from Carlisle down to Lancaster including; Furness Fluid Power, MPM North West Ltd and Underwater Diving Services.

Find out more about how we are supporting the development of the UK supply chain in our regional hubs and across the UK and how you can become an Ørsted supplier.

New prospects and opportunities in coastal communities

Our turbine technician apprentices.

Offshore wind is creating well-paid, high-skilled and long-term jobs in coastal communities and helping to raise the aspirations of the young people in those areas. By 2030, the offshore wind industry could support over 27,000 direct jobs and many more in the supply chain. Across the UK, we are promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related careers and partnering with national and regional training and educational bodies to develop our future workforce. For example, we have partnered with the Grimsby Institute in Grimsby and Furness College in Barrow-in-Furness to deliver a three-year wind turbine technician Apprenticeship Scheme. We are also supporting charities such as Teach First,
focused on addressing educational inequality.

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Hornsea: building a future for the next generation

Artists impression of Grimsby Youth Zone

Artists impression of Horizon Youth Zone in Grimsby

We are committed to leaving a legacy to the next generation, helping to generate long-term economic benefits in the communities where we operate. We believe the development, construction and operation of the world’s largest wind farms – Hornsea One and Hornsea Two – should continue to inspire, provide opportunities, and raise the aspirations of the Humber region’s next generation.

In partnership with National charity OnSide Youth Zones, our £1 million-pound donation will support Horizon Youth Zone in Grimsby, a dedicated facility for 8-19-year-olds, or up to 25 for those with additional needs, that will offer long-term opportunities to learn and develop skills through positive activities and support from peers, youth workers and partner organisations. The converted Grade II listed West Haven Maltings in the centre of Grimsby will be home to the Youth Zone. The site will become a catalyst for future town centre regeneration and will help boost the aspirations of young people, including those who wish to pursue a career in offshore wind and tackle climate change right on their doorstep. We also aim to help develop a diverse talent pipeline for future growth in the offshore wind industry.

We’re supporting Onside’s Horizon Youth Zone

Grimsby Youth Zone
Watch the video below to see how our offshore wind farms are building a future for Grimsby’s next generation.

Positive impact in the community

Offshore wind having a positive impact on coastal communities - RNLI funding

We help to fund six RNLI lifeboat stations which are close to our offshore wind farm locations.

We want to have a positive and lasting impact on the communities in which we operate. We are proud to support local social and environmental projects through our voluntary Community Benefit Funds, which provide approximately £1.3 million each year to deserving projects in the regions in which we operate. We also directly support, other initiatives, including the RNLI, the Great Grimsby 10k and the Thames Estuary Oyster project that is helping to reintroduce oysters to the marine environment (partnering with the BLUE Marine Foundation).

A blueprint for other markets

We’re collaborating with industry, leading UK universities, local business networks and local authorities to create regional energy hubs and centres of excellence. For example, we are championing the Humber as a blueprint for green, prosperous, sustainable development that can be translated elsewhere in the UK and around the world. Home to the world’s largest operations and maintenance facility and soon the world’s largest offshore wind farms, Hornsea One and Hornsea Two, the Humber is leading the way in offshore wind. We’re also excited to be involved in the second phase of the Gigastack project, which is exploring the potential for industrial scale renewable hydrogen in the Humber.

Graphic showing four wind turbines: one white wind turbine in the foreground, and three blue ones in the background.

On the path to net zero,
we’re just getting started

Renewable energy is powering green economic growth, creating energy security, and having a positive impact on communities and businesses.