UK Government invests £95m in new offshore wind ports

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The UK Government is set to invest £95 million in two new offshore wind ports.

Able Marine Energy Park in the Humber has been awarded up to £75 million, whilst £20 million is going to the Teeswork site in Teesside. Construction at both sites will begin later this year. The two ports will have the capacity to support the development of up to 9GW of offshore wind projects each year, according to the government.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The Humber and Teesside will put the wind in the sails of our new green industrial revolution, building the next generation of offshore wind turbines whilst creating 6000 new green jobs in the process.

“Our multi-million-pound investment in these historic coastal communities is a major step towards producing the clean, cheap energy we need to power our homes and economy without damaging the environment.”

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: “The offshore wind sector is a major British industrial success story, providing cheap, green electricity while supporting thousands of good-quality jobs.”

With more than 40 years’ experience designing, manufacturing and constructing bespoke buildings, Rubb can support the energy sector with facilities for storage, processing and maintenance.

One such case was completed in 2018. A Rubb custom designed structure was lifted into place to provide cover for wind turbine blade improvement and upgrade work.

The building was transferred via crane from the dockside onto an offshore vessel. The custom designed building will support improvement and upgrade operations to wind turbine blades off the Kent coast in the outer Thames Estuary.

The Rubb custom designed, wind turbine blade building measures 22.3m wide x 20m long x 5.5m high. This bespoke offshore structure is designed in line with SOLAS to specific wind and snow loads to withstand the extreme conditions of the North Sea. The facility comes complete with three 2-tonne AFT doors to create a climate controlled internal production area. The doors will allow three 58.8m long B58 wind turbine blades to protrude at 19m from the end of the blade, whilst maintaining a weather-proof seal.

Rubb UK Sales Executive, Steph Coyle, says: “Rubb’s experienced team works together with the clients to develop the most practical solution to suit the requirements. Our custom solutions are designed specifically to suit the project specification, with spans as small as 3.5m and as large as 82.4m in our UK archives with capabilities beyond, generally no project is outside of our scope as we do not have a standard approach to our solutions.”

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