Cornerstone Patron: Ørsted
Ørsted is among the world’s leading renewable energy companies with a broad range of green energy solutions to help decarbonise the world’s energy systems to limit global warming. Over the last decade, they’ve invested over £14bn constructing their UK offshore wind farms. This is helping to transform coastal communities across the UK through investment in local facilities, the creation of high-skilled jobs and the development of competitive, export-orientated local supply chains. They have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Liverpool, Grimsby and in Brightlingsea.
Ørsted has established a strong presence in the coastal communities in which they operate. Since they opened their office at the port of Grimsby in 2014, their continued investment, including a £10 million extension to their East Coast Hub operations and maintenance (O&M) facility, has helped breathe new life into the dockside. The award-winning facility, built by local company Hobson and Porter, currently supports over 370 workers. These are long-term, high-skilled jobs, that will be required for the 25-year lifetime of our wind farms.
Building a future for the next generation
Ørsted is committed to leaving a legacy to the next generation, helping to generate long-term economic benefits in the communities where they operate. They believe the development, construction and operation of the world’s largest wind farms – Hornsea 1 and Hornsea 2 – should continue to inspire, provide opportunities, and raise the aspirations of the Humber region’s next generation.
As part of a collaborative plan to turn Grimsby’s vision of regeneration and aspiration into reality for the next generation, Ørsted will work with OnSide, and local project partners to provide funding for the Youth Zone over five years that will support thousands of young people. In addition to the funding, Ørsted collegues have dedicated hours of their time volunteering with the Young People’s Development Group, providing opportunities for young people living in Grimsby to attend various events and workshops including the Global Offshore Wind Conference in London last year.