HUNDREDS of jobs are on their way to a Yorkshire city which is hoping to ride out the recession on a wave of “green” energy jobs.
An unnamed multi-national company is expected to announce next week a £250m to £300m project, which will create 750 jobs in its first phase on a site east of Hull.
The company is involved in the renewables and agricultural sector. The massive jobs boost was revealed in a speech by council leader Coun Steve Brady during Hull Council’s budget-setting meeting yesterday.
Coun Phil Webster, who holds the finance portfolio, told the Yorkshire Post: “It is a massive leap forward and it just goes to show companies will be attracted to this area. It has a lot to offer.
“Ninety per cent of these jobs will be labouring roles that people can be trained to do.”
The news is a huge boost to the city and the Humber, which has ambitions of becoming the UK’s centre of excellence for renewables and the wider energy industry. German technology giant Siemens remains the highest-profile investor being lined up by the Humber’s fledgling offshore wind industry, with proposals for a £210m turbine factory at Alexandra Dock in the city awaiting final sign-off.
An even larger development is being planned on the opposite bank of the river, with landowner Able UK confident it can attract a string of turbine manufacturers and supply chain firms once it has received planning permission for its vast Marine Energy Park.
More than £7bn is being invested in offshore wind farms off the east coast of England over the next 18 months.