Ed Davey marks ground-breaking at Hull factory

GreenPortHull''Artist's impressions of the Green Port Hull at Alexandra Dock where Siemens will build turbines for the giant North Sea wind farms. Source: Associated British Ports
GreenPortHull''Artist's impressions of the Green Port Hull at Alexandra Dock where Siemens will build turbines for the giant North Sea wind farms. Source: Associated British Ports
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The Energy Secretary and executives from German manufacturer Siemens are gathering in Hull this lunchtime to mark the start of work on the £310m joint venture facility, which is expected to create 1,000 jobs.

It emerged today that the first turbines to be shipped from Hull will go to the Dudgeon wind farm off the Norfolk coast. The farm will be made up of 67 6MW turbines, with 75m long blades, the largest in the world.

The new facility and quayside at Alexandra Dock will be used for part of the wind farm’s installation.

CEO offshore of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division Michael Hannibal said: “By 2020 14 gigawatts of wind power capacity is to be installed in UK waters, to achieve environmental objectives and security of power supply.

“Our Hull facilities will contribute significantly to the growth of the offshore wind industry in the UK and to the shared objective of Siemens, the industry and the Government of driving down the costs of renewable energy.”

Mr Davey said: “The £310m investment will benefit the UK economy by creating green jobs and growth as well as providing secure, sustainable and low-carbon energy.

“The development will also help to drive down the costs of offshore wind. It marks the beginning of a new industry based here and exporting worldwide.”

Contractors Graham Lagan Construction Group have begun enabling works on the docks where they will build three new berths and a roll-on, roll-off ramp.