SIEMENS the engineering giant and wind turbine manufacturers has confirmed it will build a major new wind turbine factory in Hull and a new blade factory in Paull.
The company said it would invest £160m in Green Port Hull at the city’s Alexandra Dock and in a new blade factory at Paull in East Yorkshire.
Siemens UK says in its press release: “£160 million investment in wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire 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.
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.”
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.
Green Port Hull is planned to be operational to meet Round 3 requirements in early 2016. The start of production at the blade factory is scheduled to be in the middle of 2016 with full production levels reached from mid 2017 onwards.