Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson is backing a huge local investment in green energy as a new operations centre for Burbo Bank windfarm nears completion.
The MP and Shadow Business Minister will attend the opening of Ørsted’s state-of-the-art operations base at Kings Wharf in Birkenhead on December 1. The facility will serve Ørsted’s two offshore wind farms, Burbo Bank and the Burbo Bank Extension, which are located off the Sefton coast.
Routine monitoring and management of both Burbo Bank Extension and Burbo Bank Wind Farm will takes place at the centre, where around 45 staff will be permanently employed.
Mr Esterson said Ørsted, formerly Dong Energy, had played an important role in bringing investment, skills and clean energy to the region. “Burbo Bank is a vital source of renewable energy for the North West and beyond and this is a really important investment for the Liverpool City Region,” he said. “People often comment to me how they love seeing the wind turbines out at sea behind the Antony Gormley statues.
“Ørsted have created highly-skilled local jobs and deployed innovative and world-first technologies here in the city.”
The first Burbo Bank wind farm was commissioned in 2006 and was one of Orsted’s first offshore wind projects in the UK, providing 90MW of energy. The Burbo Bank Extension, completed earlier this year, added another 258MW increasing output to 348MW, generating enough electricity to power approximately 230,000 homes.
Mr Esterson said: “Since 2006, Ørsted has become an important member of the Liverpool business community and has worked collaboratively with local suppliers.
”The turbines at the recently opened Burbo Bank Extension project are the largest in the world and are helping deliver clean and green renewable energy to the UK at an industrial scale.
“The Kings Wharf operations centre is yet more commitment to the area and its location delivers excellent offshore access and flexibility, which Ørsted tell me is exactly what is needed to efficiently operate and maintain their wind farms.”
Ørsted has actively supported local communities in Liverpool through its Community Benefit Fund, and have partnered with Teach First to support schools and skills in the region.
As part of the development, which consists of a new office and warehouse building on a previously disused site, Orsted committed to carry out work on the river promenade adjacent to the Kings Wharf site to improve the public amenity.