Siemens announce new Turbine factories and 1000 jobs
£160 turbine investment in Green Port Hull
Siemens announces a £160 million investment in wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire. The facilities will be spread across two sites comprising the previously announced Green Port Hull project construction, assembly and service facility and a new rotor blade manufacturing facility in nearby Paull, in East Riding. The investment will provide a huge boost to the UK’s offshore wind industry and the Humber region. The combined investment from Siemens and ABP of £310 million will create up to 1,000 jobs directly, with additional jobs during construction and indirectly in the supply chain.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“This is a massive vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan. This investment is going to create lots of new jobs and opportunities, meaning more financial security and peace of mind for families and a more resilient economy for our country.”
A large proportion of Siemens’ 13,760 UK employees are engaged in engineering and manufacturing. The new facilities will create many new jobs in the local area with the potential for hundreds more in the supply chain. New jobs will cover all aspects that a modern facility demands, from shop floor, to engineering, to project management.
Roland Aurich, Chief Executive, Siemens plc said:
“Being able to further increase our presence in the UK with this significant commitment is great for Siemens, for the UK economy and for future generations, who will benefit from more secure and sustainable, low carbon energy.”
In 2012 Green Port Hull was granted planning consent, which represented a major milestone for the development. Siemens and ABP will be submitting planning applications to Hull City Council and East Riding Council over the next few months for revisions to the existing proposed scheme at Alexandra Dock and for land in Paull in East Riding for the wind turbine blade factory.
The much anticipated investment is a landmark moment for the UK offshore wind industry. It is the first manufacturing plant of its kind for Siemens next generation blade technology (IntegralBlade®) designed for Siemens SWT-6.0-154 6 megawatt (MW) wind turbine. This is leading edge technology – each rotor blade is 75 metres long and when rotating covers an area the size of two and a half football pitches.
“Our decision to construct a production facility for offshore wind turbines in England is part of our global strategy: we invest in markets with reliable conditions that can ensure that factories can work to capacity. The British energy policy creates a favourable framework for the expansion of offshore wind energy. In particular, it recognizes the potential of offshore wind energy within the overall portfolio of energy production”, stated Michael Suess, member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of the Energy Sector. The offshore wind market in Great Britain has high growth rates, with an even greater potential for the future. Wind power capacity has doubled here within two years, to roughly 10 gigawatts. By 2020, a capacity of 14 gigawatts is to be installed at sea alone to combine the country’s environmental objectives with secure power supply. Projects for just over 40 gigawatts are currently in the long-term planning.”