Two E.ON substations have sailed into Port of Sunderland from Belgium as part of the Humber Gateway Wind Farm project.
Port of Sunderland signed the significant storage and offshore cable base contract with one of the world’s most profitable energy companies, E.ON, in October and has now taken delivery of two 600 tonne substations, after a raft of developments designed to make the most of the port’s natural assets freed up swathes of land ready to be used.
Formed in 2000 after a merger between energy companies VEBA and VIAG, German power company E.ON is the world’s largest investor-owned energy service provider and is using a purpose built storage area on Greenwells Quay.
The substations were delivered via barge and transported via self-propelled trailers to a temporary base using a roll on–roll off (ro-ro) ramp facility.
They will be based at the port for six to 12 months before being shipped to Humber Gateway Wind Farm.
Port director Matthew Hunt said: “The arrival of E.ON’s substations made for an exciting couple of days for Port of Sunderland.
“We have been working for a number of years to build its reputation as a hub for renewable and offshore energy and subsea engineering projects, and it is fantastic that we are increasingly seeing that hard work come to fruition.
“E.ON is a globally respected company and it’s a pleasure to be able to accommodate their ultra-large cargo storage requirements.”
Leader of Sunderland City Council and chairman of the port board, Cllr Paul Watson, said: “I’m delighted E.ON, a company operating on an international scale called upon the port to facilitate such a large storage project.
“The substation deliveries were an impressive sight and undoubtedly helped to showcase Port of Sunderland as an appealing base for many companies.”
Humber Gateway Wind Farm is to be located 8km east of Spurn Point, off the coast of the East Riding, Yorkshire, in the North Sea, England. It is being developed by Humber Wind Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of E.ON UK plc.