Humber Gateway

In 2015 the wind farm became fully operational with all 73 turbines generating two months ahead of schedule.

The 219MW project located 8km off the Holderness coast, generated electricity for the first time in February 2015 and the final turbine was installed in April 2015. It provides enough electricity for around 170,000 homes(1) - equivalent to around one and a half times the size of Hull(2).

Matthew Swanwick, Humber Gateway Project Manager at E.ON, said: “This was the last stage of the major construction phase and the culmination of more than 3 years' offshore construction work which began in early 2012 starting with work at the onshore substation. Reaching this milestone two months early is immensely satisfying for the project team and something which we are all very proud of.

 “Throughout construction we’ve had to overcome more than our fair share of challenges, including particularly difficult weather conditions, which the team rose to and successfully overcome. We still have some secondary works to complete but I’d like to thank everyone involved in the success achieved so far.”

The wind farm was officially opened by Andrea Leadsom MP, minister of State for Energy and Climate Change in September 2015. Our Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base can be found at Grimsby and was officially opened on 1st August by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP. We’ve invested £4m in transforming a neglected site and improving the surrounding quayside and have used 102 local sub-contractors throughout the construction. The O&M building is home to the wind farm’s control room, as well as offices, stores and a workshop. The pontoon allows us to berth our three wind farm service vessels to refuel, replenish and prepare them for their next journey. 

[1] Based on an average annual domestic household electricity consumption of 4,725kWh (DECC);

[2] Based on 2011 census data.

Community Support Fund

In April 2015 we launched the Community Support Fund. This is a ring fenced pot of money that has been set aside by E.ON to support smaller, sustainable projects in the parishes bordering the wind farm (between Easington and Preston). Local community groups, voluntary organisations or registered charities will be able to apply for funding.

This fund has been running for two years and 37 local community groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities have benefited from the fund.

 A list of the 2015 and 2016 beneficiaries of the Community Support fund can be found here

In addition to this fund, E.ON has already committed  to support three other important initiatives bringing the company’s overall spend on community projects to £2m.

This includes:

  • Potentially two new 16 seat electric minibuses for Easington and the wider south Holderness community that will be operated by HART and will allow rural transport in the area.
  • Supporting an apprenticeship project in partnership with CATCH in north Lincolnshire.
  • A proposed visitor centre for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust that will help protect Spurn's wildlife and manage the large number of visitors.

The most recent newsletter is now available so click here to find out what we’ve been up to.