A new marine operations and maintenance facility is to be built at Seacombe in Wirral, creating 40 skilled jobs for the area.
Wirral Council has approved plans for DONG Energy’s new development at Kings Wharf, as the area aims to boost its position as the home of the North West’s offshore-wind sector.
Commenting on the new facility, which will provide day-to-day monitoring, servicing, maintenance and emergency repair for offshore-wind farms and associated marine infrastructure; Councillor Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, says: “We welcome DONG Energy’s confidence in Wirral as the new home of their offshore-wind manufacturing and maintenance facility. The benefit to the local economy of having the market-leader locate in the borough shows our Clean Energy Coast investment and jobs plan is working.
“We have worked hard to position Wirral as the leading location for investment in advanced clean-energy manufacturing and offshore-wind, and will continue to support future plans to meet our pledges to increase inward investment and improve opportunities for skilled jobs locally.”
The local authority plans to establish Wirral as the ‘Clean Energy Coast’, building on the natural advantage of its coastline and recently achieved CORE (Centre for Renewable Energy) status.
The council has also secured more than £11 million of Regional Growth Fund to support local businesses in the clean energy sector.
Cllr Davies adds: “We have worked closely with DONG Energy and others over many months to identify a suitable river-side site for this facility.
“Alternative sites had been considered in Birkenhead, but were rejected by my council team responding to community concerns, however, we were adamant we would not lose out on attracting this important investment in jobs to the Wirral.”