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Renewable Energy Proposition 280610[1]


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An overview of Greater Grimsby\'s impact on the Renewables Sector

An overview of Greater Grimsby\'s impact on the Renewables Sector

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  • 1. Greater Grimsby Renewable Energy Proposition GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 2. Greater Grimsby is emerging as a key player in the renewable energy revolution with particular strengths in offshore wind. Greater Grimsby offers: direct access to the world’s biggest offshore wind farms the UK’s largest port capable of handling major projects proven expertise in engineering and construction leadership in wind power, marine renewables and bioenergy a ready and able workforce the lowest operating costs in the UK So, if you’re looking for the optimum location for: operations & maintenance functions wind turbine and blade manufacturers component suppliers research & development Greater Grimsby is the natural choice. GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 3. Greater Grimsby Get it Straight From the Heart Greater Grimsby is a straight-talking, no-nonsense place. We speak our minds and tell it how it is. When it comes to promoting our area, we give you the facts to make your own mind up. Big UK-leading facts like, we’ve got: - the busiest port complex - the largest concentration of food companies - the most renewable energy opportunities - the greenest power station - the biggest strategic employment sites - the lowest operating costs Our towns of Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes, and surrounding Lincolnshire villages offer very different things. But taken as a package, they combine to offer cost-effective, well-connected business locations within a few miles of stunning countryside and great schools. GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 4. From the Heart of the UK to Europe and the World Greater Grimsby puts you at the heart of the UK and Europe. We are centrally located on the east coast of the UK in the county of Lincolnshire. Our area includes: - Grimsby – the world-famous port and Europe’s Food Town - Cleethorpes – the popular seaside holiday resort - Immingham – a focal point of heavy industry and logistics - Wolds villages – an area of outstanding natural beauty Thanks to our maritime and fishing heritage, we are outward looking and have traditionally had strong international links, especially with Scandinavia, something that continues today with many commercial partnerships. Distances from Greater Grimsby Miles Km Being 200 miles from London, Edinburgh and Rotterdam, means that we Sheffield 60 96 are truly central to the UK and Europe. Leeds 70 112 Our area is an integral part of the Humber region and enjoys close links Manchester 100 160 with the nearby cities of Hull and Lincoln. Liverpool 130 209 Birmingham 130 209 London 160 257 GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 5. Closest Major Port to North Sea Offshore Wind Opportunities Faster access to the world’s biggest wind opportunity. Building on its long-standing expertise in the power sector, Greater Grimsby is now becoming a major centre for green renewables energy and is the UK's emerging capital of the offshore wind industry. In terms of steaming distance, Grimsby is 10-50 miles from existing and planned turbines off the Lincolnshire coast in the North Sea, where a further 4,000 turbines are to be built. “Centrica assessed four ports The area has all the ingredients necessary to host operations and maintenance (O&M) functions, major manufacturers, component and Grimsby was chosen suppliers and R&D for the renewables industry. mainly because of its existing Two of the largest players in offshore wind, Centrica and Siemens, have chosen to base their O&M teams in Grimsby. Both companies are facilities and infrastructure.” planning significant expansions across the area as more turbines come on stream. Alan Thompson, Head of Renewables, Centrica GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 6. Existing and Planned (Rounds 1 & 2) Grimsby Next Phases (Round 3) GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 7. The UK’s Busiest Port with Specialist Handling Facilities The UK’s largest port complex has all the capability you need. The Port of Grimsby and Immingham is the UK’s largest port by tonnage. Its prime deep-water location on the Humber Estuary, gives companies direct access to mainland Europe and beyond. The existing and proposed wind farms in the North Sea will require extensive maintenance and servicing. The optimum port to do this from UK Port Million Tonnes is Grimsby and Immingham thanks to our proximity to the farms and an infrastructure that can handle the necessary logistics. Grimsby and Immingham 66.2 Continued investment by Associated British Ports in Grimsby and London 52.7 Immingham means that there are docks capable of handling major Tees and Hartlepool 49.8 vessels up to 366 metres in length. Southampton 43.3 As you would expect from the country's largest port complex, there are a Forth 36.7 host of specialist cranes and handling equipment, including 14x100- tonne capacity mobile harbour cranes and mobile cranes with a capacity Milford Haven 35.5 in excess of 100 tonnes. Liverpool 32.3 Felixstowe 25.7 Dover 25.1 Department for Transport, 2007 GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 8. Air Links to Energy Hubs and Offshore Centres Greater Grimsby gives you access to offshore platforms. In addition to the country’s largest port, this area has excellent connections to all parts of the UK by road and rail. Uncongested roads and motorways connect to all parts of the UK placing 40 million consumers within a 4-hour drive. This area is the busiest in the UK for rail freight with a choice of specialist terminals serving destinations across the country. Humberside Airport, conveniently located just a few miles from our main towns, is a key national and international gateway connecting over half a million passengers to 30 destinations every year. With daily flights to Amsterdam's Schipol Airport and key offshore centres such as Oslo and Aberdeen, businesses are within easy reach of their customers and suppliers worldwide. Our airport is the second largest in the UK for North Sea oil and gas helicopter operations. Around 30-40,000 passenger journeys are made each year by platform workers travelling from the heliport to and from 57 rigs in the southern North Sea sector. 40,000 North Sea passenger journeys each year from Humberside GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 9. Specialist Vessels Serving Offshore Wind Farms New investment boosts Greater Grimsby’s capabilities. Windpower Support, a company set up to enable the global giants of the sector to tap into local expertise, recently launched Support 1, an 11m craft capable of carrying 12 passengers and maintenance equipment quickly between dry land and the windfarms. The new 4.9-tonne vessel can reach the existing Lynn and Inner Dowsing windfarms in just over an hour, and is now in service, on hire to Siemens, “We were agents for Wind carrying their personnel together with Centrica staff. An additional niche has been identified for the vessel to serve as an errand runner to free up Solutions and that was a very larger crew-carrying vessels that have also been brought in to Grimsby Fish Docks. successful project. We could see Windpower Support's managing director Kurt Christensen is proud to have there was a need for a small, fast registered Support 1 in Grimsby – a first such vessel for the town – with two former trawler skippers at the helm. support vessel. The potential is Mr Christensen set the company up almost two years ago, having initially huge for Grimsby. We can see it acted as a ships' agent for MV Wind Solutions, the vessel transformed into a floating hotel and workshop that operated between Grimsby and the all coming to fruition and it is Lincolnshire coastal windfarms as they were constructed. amazing.” Kurt Christensen, Windpower Support GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 10. Rich Heritage of Energy and Offshore Engineering Greater Grimsby has proved itself capable of delivering major projects. Thousands of companies serve the area's established sectors - ports, food and process industries. These industries require a wide range of construction, engineering, logistics and manufacturing expertise which this area has in abundance. There are more than 1,400 advanced engineering companies in the wider Yorkshire and Humber region employing 170,000 employees, with a further 1,400 500 firms involved in environmental technology. This area understands how to deliver major industrial projects, from oil refineries and power plants to chemical and pharmaceutical facilities. advanced engineering companies in the region GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 11. Ready and Willing Skilled Workers Growing Talent Pool You’ll find a proven, hard-working, skilled labour-force here. Greater Grimsby has a local workforce with: 90,000 people within a 15-minute catchment 350,000 within a 45-minute drive Recent economic conditions mean that there is a ready-made labour-force, eager and willing to work. “People have the right attitude. Grimsby Institute is a key partner in helping the area become a national They know that if they wait, the hub for offshore wind and other renewables. Centres of Vocational Excellence in Ports & Logistics; Automotive Technology; and Gas & value of their work will drop. They Plumbing, support the skills required by renewables companies; and offers courses in electrical, mechanical and operations engineering, and a know that from the fishing industry foundation degree in Environmental Technology Management. and it’s a good mindset. So far it Nearby Hull University is a centre of excellence for systems, electronic and mechanical engineering, as well as being home to the Environmental has been the best place in the UK Technology Centre of Industrial Collaboration a Logistics Institute Research Centre; there are plans for a Centre of Excellence in Marine to work out of.” Renewables. The wider region’s nine internationally renowned universities produce more than 11,000 engineering graduates and postgraduates each year. Jan Korff Petersen, Siemens Wind Power GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 12. Siemens O&M at Grimsby Docks is a “benchmark for UK” Global giant has created a best practice model. Siemens has established an operations & maintenance (O&M) facility in Grimsby. Siemens first came to the area with the development of the Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farms in 2006. The company engaged with Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises from the outset and built a pontoon and a warehouse with their help. Local recruitment has gone very well, according to Siemens, with more than “Grimsby is one of the best 30 jobs created and more to come. Jamie Rowlands, the general manager for Siemens’ offshore services said: operating bases we have at "We had a very good response when we advertised locally. We have had the moment. It is a some very good technicians join us. Some guys came from a food processing background and have adapted very well. We now have a team of benchmark for what we do 26 with five support staff. elsewhere in the UK.“ Jamie Rowlands, Siemens GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 13. Major Local Players Behind the Offshore Wind Revolution Greater Grimsby is a proven hub for critical offshore suppliers. Marine safety giant Cosalt Offshore is a significant player in the offshore wind industry. As Europe's leading provider of critical safety equipment for the marine, industrial and offshore markets, Cosalt supplies marine safety, lifting equipment, tooling and height safety products that are directly applicable to the renewables sector, particularly offshore wind farms. The Grimsby-based company has been supplying critical safety equipment Supporting Offshore Projects for the Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farms off the Lincolnshire coast for the from Grimsby since past few years. 1873 Customers include Centrica Renewable Energy and some of its sub- contractors, such as Danish company MT Hojgaard, which has put in place the foundations for the 54 turbines, and Subocean of Aberdeen who are laying the cables between the turbines. GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 14. New Materials and Carbon Fibres for a Green Economy We have specialist manufacturers creating the materials of the future. The growth in advanced materials and composites is a major opportunity for the process industries in the Grimsby area. This has particular significance given our emerging role as a key hub location for renewable energy, in particular offshore wind energy. One example of this is Bluestar Fibres, based in Grimsby. They make carbon-fibre precursor, which is used in carbon fibre products such as tennis racquets, skis, golf clubs, mobile phones, aircraft brakes, automotive components, fire retardant clothing and the brakes of Formula One cars. Its biggest growth potential, however, lies in its application in the fast-growing wind-turbines sector. Composite materials and carbon fibre precursor made in Grimsby is used in the construction of high-performance rotor blades around the world, for customers including SGL Carbon, the German group that supplies composite materials to the wind energy sector. GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 15. One of the World’s Greenest Power Stations Combined Heat and Power plant shows way to a low carbon future. ConocoPhillips operates the Immingham Combined Heat and Power plant, one of the greenest power stations in the world generating 730 megawatts of electricity. The development of ICHP has made a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in the United Kingdom and is capable of savings of up to 3 million tonnes per year when compared to power produced from conventional coal fired power production, and separate production of heat. The plant is fuelled by natural gas with liquid fuel as “The expanded CHP capacity backup. It produces electricity and creates steam, which is used by the nearby Humber and Lindsey refineries. demonstrates our commitment The expanded plant, together with ConocoPhillips' Humber refinery, is to lower carbon technologies. strategically placed to realize the vision of an ultra-low-carbon integrated energy hub able to supply heat and power to a wide range of local This major long-term investment industrial customers. If current studies demonstrate economic feasibility, the enlarged Immingham CHP could be modified to utilize gasification by ConocoPhillips is timely in technology to operate as a 'clean coal' facility with carbon dioxide stored or used for enhanced oil recovery. view of the UK government's ongoing support for combined heat and power. ” Bob Hassler, ConocoPhillips GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 16. Port, Farms and Food Industry Drive BioEnergy We have some of Europe’s most important green energy investments. Greater Grimsby is a growing focal point for the bioenergy market. Proximity to the UK’s largest port complex, Europe’s food town and the agricultural hinterland of Lincolnshire (known as “the breadbasket of England”), makes the area extremely attractive for green energy. “The region is ideally situated to Greenergy owns and operates two biodiesel plants at the port of sell our output into the two world Immingham, as does Total and Bioethanol. The plants are capable of using a variety of feedstocks including rapeseed, soy, palm and used cooking scale refineries located here. It also oils. Vireol is building a bioethanol plant in Grimsby, and Abengoa Bioenergy is building one at Immingham using wheat as feedstock, this combines the benefits of a deep due to open in 2010. sea port, allowing us to move Helius and RWE Innogy are working together on a major €260 million biomass facility in the area. Siemens and Drax have also chosen the south product in and out, access to a bank of the Humber for biomass facilities. Encycle's renewable electricity power station, to be located near Immingham, will divert up to 210,000 local market and allows us to tonnes of food waste and non-recyclable packaging away from landfill each year. source feedstock from the farms that surround the port.” Andrew Owens, Chief Executive, Greenergy GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 17. Harnessing the Power of Marine Renewables Wave and tidal research opportunities in the Humber Estuary. With its location on the banks of the UK’s busiest trading estuary, Greater Grimsby is a natural location for marine renewables that are being developed to harness wave and tidal power. The UK Government is funding tidal power technology developer, Pulse Tidal, to trial its innovative hydrofoil device in the Humber Estuary near Immingham. The Humber Tidal Power Consortium that is backing the “We estimate that the tides project brings together several major renewable energy companies, as well as Associated British Ports, Corus and Hull University. around our islands are sufficiently Neptune Renewable Energy, based in nearby North Ferriby, is planning powerful and regular that they a demonstration project in the estuary which could result in up to 20 tidal turbines being anchored to the river bed. could supply up to one tenth of Britain's electricity needs. A large part of this tidal power resource is in places such as the Humber.” Howard Nimmo, Director, Pulse Tidal GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 18. Cost-Effective Offices, Units and Development Sites We have the right premises, in the right places, at the right prices. Greater Grimsby has a wide choice of modern offices, both in-town and on high quality business parks, industrial units and development land adjacent to major roads, a deep-water estuary and major docks. The area’s flagship business park, Europarc, has been designed to attract manufacturing, distribution and office based businesses with high quality, cost-effective, purpose-built accommodation, within an attractive lakeside setting. Property costs and land values across the area are up to 25% lower than in competitor locations. The inward investment team at North East Lincolnshire Council provides a free service to help find the right property for your business. 25% lower property costs GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 19. Lowest Operating Costs Equals Profitable Location Property and labour costs are among the lowest in the UK. Greater Grimsby is a cost-effective business location. Compared with similar locations, this area has the: Average Wage Industrial Rent Medium Office £/annum) £/m2/annum £/m2/annum - Lowest average wage costs Grimsby 20,577 40 85 - Lowest industrial rents - Lowest office costs Hull 22,122 45 100 In difficult times, the ability to keep your cost-base to a minimum helps to Lincoln 20,873 45 120 keep businesses afloat and protects jobs. Nottingham 23,499 55 160 Living costs are low here too with housing among the cheapest in the country, enabling a choice of urban and country lifestyle. Doncaster 21,420 50 155 Sheffield 23,549 55 165 Teesside 20,689 42 170 Newcastle 21,837 47 210 Manchester 25,494 55 310 Sources: Property Market Report, VOA, July 2008 ONS - 2008 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 20. Outstanding Beauty Sun, Sea, Sand and Happy People Lifestyles to suit all tastes. Everywhere claims to have a great quality of life, but few places can compete with our rich diversity of historic towns, quaint villages, wildlife sanctuaries, rolling hills and sandy beaches. Our surrounding countryside is famous for its beauty, with the Lincolnshire Wolds being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is protected due to its "precious landscape" and "distinctive character". English country pubs, historic churches and quaint villages are just a few miles from the towns of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham. “The resort is taking care of people The seaside town of Cleethorpes has been voted as one of the happiest places to live in the UK. A 2008 survey ranked the town ninth out of 273 UK who are making the most of the districts, which is not surprising given the classic mix of sun, sea, and sand. weather and the places to visit. Local shopping and nightlife attract millions of visitors from outside the area We are making Cleethorpes a each year and as befits Europe's Food Town, you can enjoy great food from the world's best fish and chips to award-winning fine dining. happy place to visit and live in.” Robert Chalmers, Cleethorpes Resort Manager GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 21. Education For All Choice and Quality New Investment Success and excellence from primary to higher education. Our local schools offer a wide choice for children of all abilities. In the most recent league tables, three-quarters of local primary schools outperformed the national average, while half of our schools and colleges outperformed “The reputation the Grimsby the UK average at A’level. Institute enjoys with employers, There are a number of excellent grammar schools in Lincolnshire within easy reach, that regularly achieve some of the best results in the country. students and Associate For further and higher education, the Grimsby Institute offers a wide range Universities has been founded on of courses and has particular strengths in vocational training with several centres of excellence in fields ranging from automotive technology to digital the quality of our courses and the media. The Institute is planning a £150 million programme of development, enhancing links with local schools and creating modern excellent facilities.” facilities. Ray Ellis Grimsby Institute GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 22. Practical Support And Advice For Your Next Project How we can help. Whether you're based in the UK or overseas, North East Lincolnshire Council has a team of specialists waiting to help you. Our services are provided free of charge on a completely confidential basis and include: - helping you plan your expansion or relocation project - providing research to help you make your decision - advising on available sites and premises and development options “The biggest single thing that - organising personal tours of the area - providing introductions and liaison with key local advisors influenced the decision was the - information about grants and financial assistance that may be available availability of a skilled labour For more information on how you can be a part of the Greater Grimsby success story, contact: force. We are very impressed and Grimsby has a great reputation in David Robinson North East Lincolnshire Council that area. This is an ideal location 01472 324605 for us and for our future growth.” Rob Burnett, Daniels Group (New Covent Garden Soup) GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
  • 23. Your next move? GreaterGrimsby LINCOLNSHIRE