Dong Energy has announced plans for a multi-million pound investment in northeast England to create the UK’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance hub.

Subject to planning approval, the new facility will be developed at the Royal Dock in Grmsby and will initially support Westermost Rough, Race Bank and Hornsea Project One offshore wind farms. However, it will have the capacity to support other east coast wind farms in Dong Energy’s future development pipeline.

It will be served by high-tech vessels capable of accommodating up to 60 crew and technicians while remaining at sea for long periods. The hub will also include a comprehensive marine and helicopter co-ordination centre capable of providing 24-7 service to offshore operations across the UK and beyond.