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Dong scraps Humber plans

UK: Dong Energy has cancelled its plans to build a base port at the Able Marine Energy Park (Amep) on the River Humber, northeast UK, as it could not "justify the investment".

Dong will not set up a central base port in the UK, relying on existing infrastructure
Dong will not set up a central base port in the UK, relying on existing infrastructure

In June 2015, Dong and port operator Able UK signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to potentially use the port as a base hub for its North Sea projects.

"Following a detailed review we have concluded that the timescales for development of such a hub would preclude it providing support for any of our planned projects. We will now fully support and engage with the industry approach," Dong said in a statement.

"Dong Energy remains fully committed to the Humber region and we expect to have invested £6 billion (€7 million) in the area by 2019. We currently operate or are a partner in six offshore wind farms along the UK east coast, which are operational or under construction. Together they have a capacity in excess of 3GW," the Danish wind developer added.

Dong's announcement followed a report by the UK government and the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) on the potential of the UK's east coast ports. It found the UK's current port infrastructure was sufficient to support the development of the UK's offshore pipeline.

"It would be difficult to justify the scale of investment required to promote a single large-scale staging and manufacturing facility," Dong said.

A spokesman for Dong said it had no plans for a direct replacement for the Amep hub. Dong is readying for installation of the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One site, 120km off the UK's east coast, due to begin in 2018.

The "unique challenges" of the world's largest offshore project, located so far from shore, would mean Dong could use more than one port facility, including shipping straight from European bases, the spokesman added.

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