In order to better serve its two offshore wind farms in the area, DONG Energy is building a new operations and maintenance (O&M) facility in Merseyside in North West England.
Located in Kings Wharf, Seacombe, the facility will consist of a new office and warehouse building on an unused site. It will serve the existing Burbo Bank offshore wind farm and the new Burbo Bank Extension, currently under construction.
DONG Energy says up to 75 jobs will be created during construction of the facility; approximately 45 people will be permanently employed at the site once it is operational.
As part of the development, DONG Energy has committed to carry out work on the river promenade adjacent to the site. The scheme has been developed through close cooperation with Wirral Council, says DONG.
Vessels are expected to be operated from the Seacombe Mersey Ferries terminal, and discussions with Merseytravel are under way with a view to entering into a long-term agreement for the shared use of the terminal in order to facilitate daily vessel access.
The site will comprise an area of approximately 1,800 square meters. Completion is scheduled for mid-2017.
Burbo Bank has been operational since 2007 and has a total capacity of 90 MW. Burbo Bank Extension, expected to be fully operational in 2017, will have a capacity of 258 MW, generating enough electricity to power approximately 230,000 homes.