Siemens’ new wind power factory at Green Port Hull on the Port of Hull’s Alexandra Dock has manufactured its first turbine blade, with an unveiling event held in front of guests including secretary of state for business Greg Clark and Andrew Percy, Northern Powerhouse minister.
Since 2014, some £310 million has been invested into the site, including Associated British Ports’ contribution of £150 million to help see the land developed into a hub for offshore wind manufacturing, logistics and assembly.
Construction only began on the site two years ago and in that time it has been transformed into a business that will employ up to 1,000 people. Alexandra Dock itself is still being developed, with a new harbour set to be constructed for pre-assembly and load out of wind turbine components going on into 2017.
“With this world-class facility coming fully into production, Hull will be firmly at the centre of a new industrial era as we embrace the opportunities of the low-carbon economy,” Steve Brady, Hull City Council leader, said.
This comes after Swedish firm Vattenfall announced plans to build another offshore wind farm in Norfolk after launching the Vanguard farm earlier this year. It’s hoped that the project will add value to the region and an early report has now been circulated to the local council’s environment, transport and development committee, going into detail about the proposal.
Similarly, new offshore wind facilities are currently being built at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk to help support the construction of two offshore wind farms from Innogy SE and Scottish Power Renewables.
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