Dong Energy announces £20m expansion and 250 new jobs

Grimsby Dock Tower Image copyright Neil Holmes/Dong Energy
Image caption Dong Energy already has a facility in Grimsby's Royal Dock

Up to 250 jobs could be created under an energy firm's plan to expand its offshore wind farm facility in Grimsby.

Dong Energy said it wanted to construct a second operational hub next to its existing building on the Royal Dock and would invest up to £20m in the project.

It would "support and maintain" three wind farms off the coast of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, the firm said.

Its UK chairman, Brent Cheshire, said the hub would be a "game-changing, industry first".

"It will generate direct and indirect job opportunities in the Humber region, as well as opportunities for the local supply chain," he said.

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Image caption The government approved plans for Hornsea Project Two, a wind farm 55 miles (88 km) off the East Yorkshire coast, last month

Last month, the government approved plans for Dong Energy to build an offshore wind farm 55 miles (88 km) east of Hornsea.

But the RSPB said it would pose an "unacceptable risk to nature" as the development was "in the flight path" of two threatened species of seabirds - gannets and kittiwakes.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the design and construction of the project had been adjusted in order to reduce impacts on birds.

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