Dong Energy will invest £6 billion (US$9 billion) in the Humber region in the UK over the period of 2013-2019 as a result of its involvement in offshore wind energy, a report has revealed. The report – Impact of Dong Energy Investments in the Humber Area – was produced by Regeneris Consulting, an independent economic development and generation consultancy. It shows that over the period 2015-2020, the company will support an average of 1,600 construction jobs per year in the Humber. Up to 500 long-term jobs could be created in Dong Energy’s operations and maintenance activity from 2020 onwards. The company’s offshore wind farms in the Humber will meet the electricity needs of over 1.5 million homes once future projects are fully operational. £1.2 billion potential gross value added could be secured by the Humber from 2010-2030 as a result of Dong Energy investments.
Brent Cheshire, Dong Energy’s UK chairman, said: “Our £6 billion of investment in the Humber by 2019 is creating long-term high-skills jobs, supporting a thriving UK supply chain and helping the region continue as a hub for the UK’s renewable energy sector. Along with other offshore wind companies, we are making a major contribution to the development of the northern powerhouse, building strong local economies for years to come. The UK is our largest market for offshore wind and we are honoured to be part of the significant growth of the Humber. We see an exciting future in the region with great opportunities for local businesses and people.”
Dong Energy has two offshore windfarms, Lincs and Westermost Rough, in operation on the east coast of the UK. Two further projects, Race Bank and Hornsea Project One, are under construction or in development. The company also recently acquired the lease for the rest of the Hornsea offshore wind development zone and, if built, Hornsea Project Two and Hornsea Project Three could deliver a further 3GW of offshore wind power, and additional investment into the Humber region beyond 2019.
The investment that Dong Energy and others have made to develop offshore windfarms in the Humber area has triggered a range of new skills and training developments and investments locally. These include University of Hull investing in training provision to serve the offshore wind sector, Hull College opening a Digital and Green Energy Centre to support local businesses and offer qualifications, and an £11 million investment into a new University Technical College (UTC) in Scunthorpe specialising in engineering and renewably energy.