Grimsby Fish Docks has become a key base for leading international energy company Centrica, it emerged today.
The owner of British Gas will service its growing North Sea wind farms from the port in a “significant” deal.
The agreement gives momentum to Grimsby Fish Docks Enterprises’ diversification into non-fish related business, in order to secure its core, seafood side.
Its chief executive Martyn Boyers described the contract as a “wonderful boost.”
“It is good for Centrica, good for us and good for Grimsby, bringing with it jobs and encouraging further investment from others,” he said.
To house the company, a marine control office has been refurbished and a new pontoon built.
“That investment in infrastructure has paid off with this significant, long-term deal, something we’ve been working on for some time,” said Mr Boyers.
“This deal is about diversifying our business. The agreement will help safeguard our future and supports our core business, the fishing industry and the Fish Market.
“The year-on-year revenue will underpin port revenue and help us continue to land fishing vessels in Grimsby.
“But we also see it as a catalyst for the future. We had to compete against other East Coast ports to land the deal and we’re delighted a company like Centrica has shown confidence in our ability to deliver.”
Centrica’s Head of Renewables, Alan Thompson, said: “Centrica is proud to play its part in helping regenerate the Grimsby port.
“It will be home to our specialist service vessels used to transfer men and equipment helping to build the 250MW Lynn and Inner Dowsing offshore wind farms.
“Four ports were assessed in the Greater Wash area and Grimsby was chosen mainly because of its near 24 hour access to the sea and its existing facilities and infrastructure.
“It will play a key role in helping to build pollution-free power generation for 150,000 homes - nearly half the number of households in Lincolnshire - delivering zero carbon emissions.
“It continues Centrica’s valuable partnership with local stakeholders and we hope this deal with Grimsby Fish Docks will help rejuvenate and diversify local business.”
Mr Boyers thanked land owners Associated British Ports for the part it played in securing the contract.
“Without the support of ABP this deal would not have been possible,” he said.
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