Leading offshore wind service provider ALL NRG opens UK office
From left Ulf R. Bertelsen (All NRG Group), The British Ambassador to Denmark, Vivien Life and Tommy Graff Hansen (British Embassy).
Foto: British Embassy
Danish offshore wind energy service provider ALL NRG is delighted to announce it has opened its first office in the UK. From its new base at the Port of Grimsby, off the Humber Estuary in North England, the company will provide dedicated preassembly, installation, operations and maintenance services to its clients developing offshore wind projects off the British coast. The company expects at least 75-100 new jobs to be created for its UK operations within the next three years.
In combining the strengths of three of Denmark’s top wind power specialists - VB Enterprise, APRO Wind and Q-Star - ALL NRG is a world-leading provider of skilled manpower and expertise to project developers and turbine manufacturers in the offshore wind market. Its expert teams have worked on 93% of all the offshore turbines installed globally. Until now its crew and technicians working in the UK have traveled from the company’s three Danish bases, located in Skive, Grenaa, and Esbjerg. With work on the UK’s bigger Round 3 offshore wind farms set to take off, opening an office in Grimsby will ensure ALL NRG can serve its UK project clients even better, says the company’s Director, Ulf Rye Bertelsen. “As the biggest offshore wind market in the world, the UK is incredibly important for ALL NRG’s clients, including Siemens, MHI Vestas, and DONG Energy, and therefore it is an important market for us,” he says. “It makes sense for us, as the world leading third-party provider of crew and specialist technicians in offshore wind installation and servicing, to be locally based and as close as possible to our clients and their key offshore wind assets.”
Already established as a strong hub for offshore wind power providers, ALL NRG decided that Grimsby is the ideal location for its first UK office following a visit to several potential sites across the UK, which was organised by Tommy Graff Hansen from UK Trade and Invest Denmark (UKTI) at the British Embassy in Copenhagen in collaboration with Emma Toulson from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership. The company’s key clients are already there and it is perfectly located for rapid access to current and planned offshore projects, including the Westermost Rough, Gwynt y Mor and Humber Gateway offshore wind farms, where ALL NRG already has technicians working, says Ricco Veile, Managing Director of VB Enterprise.
“Grimsby is near the key offshore projects so for personnel transfer the sail time to the sites is shorter. That was our main focus for this first move to the UK, the sail time to the sites,” he says. “Also, when we look out from our office all of our customers are right there. Siemens, Vestas, Dong, Eon, Centrica, all of them. We have opened the office to be near to them and to be ready for when things move fast on the Round 3 projects.”
ALL NRG is also likely to open further offices in the UK later, Veile adds. “UKTI were helpful in explaining the current UK market and arranging our visit to various harbours. In two to three years time, Hull is likely to be the new big pre-assembly site in the UK, as with Esbjerg in Denmark. Siemens is building a blade factory there for example and we will look at whether we should move to Hull also,” he says.
Long term, ALL NRG’s plan is “that our UK office will be a copy of our Danish base”, Veile continues. “We’ll look to have the same facilities as we have in Denmark – a technical department, an operations department handling personnel and so on. These functions should also be in the UK.” He adds: “For us, its both the capability of providing local technicians but also a step towards reduction of cost of energy.” ALL NRG provides a full range of services at all stages of an offshore wind project, from preassembly and installation to operations service and maintenance and, longer term, skills in decommissioning. “We need to be local to have the right response times and that is why we hope to have more service and retrofit tasks handled from the UK.”
As Europe’s offshore market develops, ALL NRG will continue to grow. “We need to move together with our customers. So following our move to the UK, the next base may well be in Germany, The Netherlands, or France. We need to move to the area where the installations are taking place to be a part of it. So we will.” For now though, as Europe’s biggest market, the focus is firmly on the UK. “In Denmark we already have three offices and the UK market is much bigger. It is realistic to think that in a few years we will also have more than one office in the UK.”
The British Ambassador to Denmark, Vivien Life, welcomes the new investment from ALL NRG in Grimsby and sees the investment as a sign of more to come in the future for areas like the Humberside around the UK.
“I am absolutely delighted to see ALL NRG open their office in Grimsby, and I am especially pleased to see the expectation of creating up to a 100 new local jobs over the next three years. UKTI Denmark has been working closely together with ALL NRG to build a sustainable business case for UK market entry and to find the right location for their first UK office. The strong collaboration between UKTI Denmark and the Humber LEP has helped secure this investment, and I wish to thank the Humber LEP for their professional approach. The UK market for offshore wind will prove an important part of the UK economic recovery, and we will be seeing more and more companies invest into the UK as a consequence of a strong collaboration between UK Government and the global offshore wind industry. The collaboration will help deliver on lowering the cost of energy and creating more UK jobs”. The excitement around the new ALL NRG office in Grimsby is shared by Lord Chris Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership. “It’s another significant investment for Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire, and further indication that the Humber has become the UK’s Energy Estuary. Together with UKTI, the LEP worked closely with ALL NRG advising on location and market potential, and I’m delighted that they chose the Humber to site the first of their UK operations and look forward to working with them in the future.” Welcoming ALL NRG to Grimsby is seconded by Cllr Oxby, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Skills from North East Lincolnshire Council. “This is excellent news for Grimsby, and I’m pleased to welcome ALL NRG to our town. The development and support of the renewables industries and their supply chains contributes to one of our key priorities, supporting a stronger local economy, and it’s through creating a hub of excellence, such as the one that’s developing down on our docks, that success will breed success. We have several international renewables businesses in Grimsby, and their long-term commitment to the town is proof of what we can offer here – a great place to live, work and invest.”
ALL NRG’s Grimsby office will be led by British national Kathryn Anne Kennedy Nørremark, in her new role as Operations Manager UK, while her Danish husband, Frank Nørremark, has been appointed Technical Manager UK. Both are experienced, well-known and respected offshore wind energy professionals, having worked for ALL NRG in Denmark and turbine manufacturer Vestas before that.
Being British, but having lived in Denmark for the last ten years, Kathryn says she is delighted to be back in the UK. “I am excited to be heading up ALL NRG’s first UK office and am looking forward to meeting with both old and new customers,” she says. “Having previously worked with a large turbine manufacturer in Scotland, it is wonderful to see many familiar names. I am extremely excited about working hard in serving our existing client base and in getting a new network of both customers and contacts for strengthening the future of ALL NRG in UK.” Kathryn was previously the Operations Planner at VB Enterprise whilst before that she worked for Vestas.
Frank Nørremark, who has previously worked in the UK for three years as a test site manager, adds: “With many years of turbine technical knowledge both in the field and office, technical writing and first contact for technical support, I am excited to have the opportunity to support Kathryn in the new office and look forward to working closely with our clients to help drive forward the UK offshore wind market.”