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Offshore wind giant Ørsted boosts community projects around Liverpool Bay

By Mersey Maritime

Ten local organisations around Liverpool Bay have secured grants as part of offshore wind specialist Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

The recipients will each receive a share of the £120,194 windfall available under the seventh round of grants awarded by the Fund. Each year for the expected 25-year lifetime of the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm, approximately £225,000 will be made available for community projects, which will benefit the local area.

The 10 new projects join 82 other groups who have already benefited from grant support through the Fund, taking the total awarded to £787,500 since it launched in May 2015.

The full list of organisations awarded grants under this round of the Community Benefit Fund are as follows:

Marsh Community Association, Rhyl – £4,816
In Your Shoes Community Hub, Litherland, Merseyside – £7,140
Venus Working Creatively With Young Women, Sefton – £11,214
Linacre Bridge Community Hub, Bootle – £17,775
Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, North Wales – £4,984
WEB Merseyside, Birkenhead Youth Manager – £21,500
The Orrell Trust, Over 55’s Project, Bootle – £13,765
The Rhyl Little Theatre – £20,000
The Open Door Centre, Wallasey – £7,000
Conquer Life CIC, VIBE Delta Youth Project, Bootle – £12,000
Bernadette King, centre manager at WEB Merseyside, said: “Many thanks to Ørsted for a grant of £21,500 through the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund. We are absolutely delighted with the funding which will support increased access to services for vulnerable young people.

“In these austere times, when thresholds for statutory services have been raised, funding is even more vital in terms of our being able to deliver more preventative work. “

Natasha Nanuck, Ørsted’s senior stakeholder advisor, added: “We’ve been operating out of Merseyside for more than 10 years, and both our wind farms at Burbo Bank have led the way for the whole industry, being the first to pioneer new technology that is now used widely across the globe.

“We established this fund as a way of giving back to the local community, and on our seventh round of funding it’s great to again see a variety in the deserving organisations that will benefit from the fund, both in the Liverpool Bay area, where our brand new operations and maintenance base is located, and also from across the waters in North Wales where our onshore substation is situated.”

The Fund is being managed by national grant-making charity GrantScape and more details can be found at GrantScape’s website or by calling 01908 247634. The closing date for the next round of applications is April 3, 2019.

Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm was officially opened in May 2017 and is capable of meeting the electricity demand of well over 230,000 homes. It was the first offshore wind farm in the world to commercially demonstrate the massive 8MW MHI Vestas turbines which stand at a staggering 195m, tall from sea-level to tip.

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Offshore wind giant Ørsted boosts community projects around Liverpool Bay