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Offshore wind substation specialist Semco drops anchor in Grimsby

OFFSHORE substation specialist Semco Maritime will open an office in Grimsby next month as it gears up to work on the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

Offshore wind substation specialist Semco drops anchor in Grimsby

The Danish business, with global interests, has chosen Port of Grimsby East as a base, and has underlined a desire to build a local workforce after securing its biggest contract ever in the UK.

In a project valued at more than £10 million, Semco will deliver the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of all electrical and instrumentation systems on Dong Energy’s three Hornsea Project One substations, the offshore rig-like superstructures in the midst of the arrays.

They are in production in Denmark now.

Each huge unit will have a capacity of 400MW, providing the high voltage ramp up and link between the turbines and the export cable that takes the generated electrcity back to shore, before skirting around North East Lincolnshire to a new onshore substation at North Killingholme.

Katarzyna Myczkowska, Semco Maritime’s business developer, said: “We have been working on projects around this area for many years. We have been involved with Race Bank, and now we are also building Hornsea Project One, which is the biggest project in the world. It is a natural step to open a new location so we can be close to the customer, communicate easier, and have local technicians going offshore.

“We are starting with a really humble small office, but we will look to build on it. The Humber is a big area for offshore wind, which is really good, and the place we are is very strategic. We can get there and be offshore very fast.”

The vice president, director of service for wind and senior manager of offshore services will be present at the official launch.

“We expect 20 to 40 partners, potential customers and neighbours,” she said, looking ahead to the opening.

Semco can be traced back to 1888, when Semler & Mathiassen, a castings and stove manufacturer, opened for business. In 1945 it began producing high-quality technical installations for the marine and ship-building industry. The first offshore business unit was established in Esbjerg in 1980, providing project engineering, maintenance and manpower services for the North Sea’s offshore operations in oil and gas. Esjberg is now the head office of Semco Maritime.

As well as construction, it has built a strong service offer, as it works alongside asset owners in the guarantee period and beyond.

The potential to make Grimsby a base was first expressed on a Danish mission to the town in November last year. Offshore Energy Denmark worked with Team Humber Marine Alliance and Grimsby Renewables Partnership to facilitate a tour and reception.

Martyn Boyers, chief executive of Port of Grimsby East operator, Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises, said: “It is great to have a company like Semco at the facility, doing important work within the renewables sector. Having them here, in Grimsby, is fantastic, not just for us as a business, but for the town.

“I am sure in the future they will play an integral part in the port and the area.”

Bladt Industries is also manufacturing the transition pieces, with the majority to be produced in Teesside. 

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