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SPONSORS OF REGIONAL FOCUS


COLLABORATION


Earlier this year, in collaboration with Humber Engineering Training Association (HETA), a leading Apprenticeship Training company based in Hull, the first two wind farms within the Hornsea zone were named “Heron Wind” and “Njord” by Year 9 pupils from local schools as part of SMart Wind’s four-year SMart Futures initiative.


Most recently, SMart Wind announced the signing of Agreements for Lease with The Crown Estate for both Heron Wind and Njord, effectively securing options for the rights, as well as setting out the commercial terms for the use of the seabed for both projects.


SMart Wind has also secured an onshore grid connection for its first 1GW at Killingholme substation, an existing 400kV substation owned by National Grid located in the South Bank of the Humber Estuary.


INNOVATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT


By the time this edition of Wind Energy Network goes out, SMart Wind hopes to have also completed the installation of our first offshore Met Mast on a pioneering ‘Twisted Jacket’ foundation, designed to significantly reduce CAPEX.


Going forward, the next stage of the project is to complete phase 2 of a three- phase Public Consultation programme aimed at agreeing the preferred cable corridor linking the first 1 GW of wind farms back to the Killingholme connection.


ONSHORE SUPPLY CHAIN INFRASTRUCTURE AND WORKING TOGETHER


Such is the scale and nature of the Hornsea zone and the wider East Coast offshore wind opportunity that development & consenting alone is only half of the story. SMart Wind, along with numerous other local stakeholders from the Public, Private and Academic sectors, have invested significant time and resource into the parallel activity of local industry building.


The North & South Bank Port developments have united behind a single wider-Humber LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) resulting in award of Enterprise zone (Ez) status over two and half times the size of any other granted recently.


Siemens Energy, the largest provider of offshore wind turbines and offshore grid connections to the UK, has announced publically that the company is well on track to build its 6MW direct drive wind turbine factory ready for 2014, creating around 700 new jobs. Clearly, the proposed location of such a prestigious facility at ABP’s Green Port Hull development at Alexandra Dock is not only great news for the Yorkshire & Humber region but for SMart Wind and our whole industry too.


THE CHALLENGE – THE SUPERCLUSTER, SUPERNODES AND THE SUPERGRID


The key challenge going forward now is to ensure that Yorkshire Humber region develops into a SuperCluster capable of delivering the widest possible value chain for East Coast North Sea projects but also capable of supporting the first Supernodes of a pan-European Supergrid too.


Steve Clarke SMart Wind Ltd


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