The new Siemens factory in Hull is to benefit from the biggest ever deal to supply turbines to a UK offshore wind farm.
The manufacturing giant has been chosen to supply 102 7MW turbines for ScottishPower Renewables’ £2bn East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm.
It comes days after the blade factory on Alexandra Dock in Hull was given final sign-off by councillors.
The £310m joint investment between Siemens and Associated British Ports will create over 1,000 jobs.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd, said: “This massive financial investment is great news for East Anglia and for Hull, which will now become a real clean energy manufacturing hub.
“In addition to supporting thousands of UK jobs, this project shows we are driving down the costs of offshore wind; another demonstration of how the Government is developing the full potential of the offshore wind sector at the lowest cost to bill payers.”
Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “East Anglia ONE will be the most cost effective offshore windfarm ever delivered.
“Selecting the turbine supplier will be the single largest agreement for East Anglia ONE, and the most significant in terms of achieving important cost reduction goals. We are confident that we have selected the most efficient offshore wind turbines in the world, and we look forward to working with Siemens to deliver a successful project.”
Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, said: “We are pleased that ScottishPower Renewables has selected Siemens for this project. Our advanced model of our proven Direct Drive wind turbine with an output of 7MW will leverage the energy output of East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm and contribute to lowering the cost of electricity.
“We will manufacture the wind turbine blades for East Anglia One at our new factory in Hull and work with ScottishPower to further promote the growth of the UK offshore industry.”