A new £6 million offshore wind farm operations base for DONG Energy has reached completion in Wirral.
Around 45 people will be permanently based at the Kings Wharf facility in Seacombe, which will serve the firm’s Burbo Bank offshore wind farm and the recently opened Burbo Bank Extension.
The two-storey building will be used for the storage of materials and equipment required for the maintenance of the wind farms which, combined, are said to have enough capacity to power 300,000 homes each year.
Office facilities and parking for staff are also incorporated at the development, and a new ladder on the quay wall will enable boats to ‘push on’ directly, providing easy access for technicians to board.
The area in front of the facility has also been restored, including new benches and granite paving, as part of DONG Energy and construction company Robertson’s commitments to the local community.
Lee Rollason, head of Burbo Bank operations at DONG Energy, says: “Having operated out of Liverpool for over 10 years DONG Energy is committed to investing in the North and this state of the art facility is another example of that.
“To have both our windfarms operating from here makes complete sense in terms of efficiencies and the site has excellent access offshore. We are proud to be operating from an important docklands location.
“As a local resident, I’m certainly pleased with the part we’ve had to play in regenerating this area. We’ve spent around £100,000 on the public pathway in front of the facility and it’s great to see the community using this space already and to receive positive comments from people appreciating this beautiful view of the Mersey.”
Darren Sterling, operations director at Robertson Construction North West, adds: “We are delighted to have completed this project that will help to deliver power to over 300,000 homes each year.
“Throughout construction, Robertson has partnered with DONG to connect with the local community and involve them throughout the construction, and we are proud of what has been achieved.”