The UK government has selected manufacturers Siemens Gamesa and GRI Renewable Industries to provide grants to develop factories job in the Humber area.
Siemens Gamesa will expand its offshore blade plant in Hull by 41,600 square meters, more than doubling the size of the manufacturing facilities. The expansion represents an investment of £186m and is planned to be completed in 2023.
Siemens Gamesa expanded its offshore blade power shovel plant in Hull by 41,600 square meters, more than twice the manufacturing plant’s size. The expansion project has an investment of 186 million pounds and is scheduled to be completed in 2023.
It will enable the manufacturing of next-generation offshore wind turbine blades and create an additional 200 direct jobs, increasing the existing workforce by 1,000.
At the same time, GRI Renewable Industries is preparing to build a facility in the Able Marine Energy Park in Hull, investing 78 million pounds in building an offshore wind turbine tower factory, creating up to 260 direct jobs.
The funding comes from the offshore wind power manufacturing investment support program, which was announced last year by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of his ten-point plan to build a factory to develop components for next-generation wind turbines.
Johnson said: “The Humber region embodies the UK’s green industrial revolution, with new investment into developing the next generation of wind turbines set to create new jobs, export opportunities and clean power across the country”.
He added, “With less than a hundred days to go until the climate summit COP26, we need to see more countries embracing new technologies, building green industries and phasing out coal power for a sustainable future.”
Siemens Gamesa said manufacturing other offshore wind turbine blade types already in the Hull factory pipeline would continue while the expansion is constructed.
“Since our offshore blade factory opened in Hull in 2016, Siemens Gamesa has proudly served as the catalyst for the powerful growth the area has seen. The rapid development of the offshore wind industry – and continued, strong, long-term support provided by the UK government for offshore wind – has enabled us to power ahead with confidence when making these plans,” said Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.
Clark MacFarlane, Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa UK, added: “The UK Government has provided strong and consistent support for offshore wind, having committed to a further 30 GW installed this decade, three times the current installed capacity. This underlines the commitment the UK Government has made since the Offshore Sector Deal was unveiled in early 2019.”
GRI chief executive Jon Riberas said: “We are proud to participate in this major project to power British homes and communities with wind energy towards sustainability and carbon neutrality. This project will create a worldwide leader in the offshore sector in a market that is increasingly demanding and constantly evolving.”