Humber’s Huge Offshore Wind Boost As TWO New Manufacturing Developments Create Nearly 500 Jobs


Humber’s booming offshore wind industry has received a huge double boost with a second confirmed manufacturer for Able Marine Energy Park and Siemens Gamesa’s major expansion in Hull supported.

GRI Renewables will create 260 jobs as part of a £ 78million investment in the South Bank site, building the huge tower sections for the huge turbines.

As expected, blade manufacturing will also expand significantly at Green Port, with an investment of £ 186million now committed – adding 200 other direct roles.

Read more: UK’s first offshore wind power plant heads to the Humber

Both projects were also supported by the government’s £ 160million Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support Program.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The Humber region embodies the UK’s Green Industrial Revolution, with new investments in the development of the next generation of wind turbines that are expected to create new jobs, export opportunities and clean energy across the country.

“With less than a hundred days of the COP26 climate summit, we must see more countries adopt new technologies, build green industries and phase out coal-fired energy for a sustainable future.”

The two sites will not only supply essential components to offshore wind farms being developed to serve the UK, but will also be ready to export worldwide.

Siemens Gamesa

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “With its proximity to some of the world’s largest offshore wind farms and strong skills base, the Humber region is vitally important for growth. of the UK offshore wind industry and is at the heart of our green environment. recovery.

“Our announcement, supported by private investment, will give a boost to this important industrial center, creating and supporting thousands of good quality jobs in the region while ensuring that it is at the forefront of the development of the next generation of offshore wind turbines. ”

GRI will join SeAH, the monopile maker, at Able Marine Energy Park, the South Korean company having committed to the development of North Killingholme earlier this summer.

It builds 2,000 towers per year for onshore and offshore deployment with factories in Spain, Brazil, the United States, Turkey, India, South Africa and Argentina. It provided continental North Sea sites in Germany and Holland.

GRI Chairman and CEO Jon Riberas said: “We are proud to be part of this major project to power UK homes and communities with wind energy towards sustainability and carbon neutrality. This project will create a world leader in the offshore sector in an increasingly demanding and constantly evolving market.

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Siemens Gamesa will add an additional 41,600 m² to the five-year-old facility to meet next-generation scale – with blades up to 100m long. It will double the size of the plant, with construction due to start in a few weeks, protecting more than 800 existing jobs.

The plans were revealed earlier this year.

Marc Becker, Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa’s Offshore Business Unit, said: “Since opening our offshore blade plant in Hull in 2016, Siemens Gamesa has proudly served as a catalyst for the strong growth the region has experienced. . The rapid development of the offshore wind industry – and the continued, strong and long-term support provided by the UK government for offshore wind – have allowed us to move forward with confidence in shaping these plans. “We are committed to unlocking the potential of wind power around the world, with Hull’s solutions playing a critical role.

“Siemens Gamesa continues to be the leading supplier of offshore wind technology to the world’s largest offshore wind market, the UK. Through safe, efficient and reliable manufacturing, more than 1,500 Hull blades have been delivered to customers around the world. We are very much looking forward to increasing this capacity in the future.

Currently in the midst of the construction of Hornsea Two, all eyes are on the Sofia project in the northeast, which will be the first deployment of the company’s 14 MW turbine, a 75% increase over the previous year. actual level.

Clark MacFarlane, UK Managing Director, said: “Our investment in our offshore blade plant, logistics and existing port facilities in Hull has been a key driver for the growth of the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry. . We are proud to engage our long term future in Hull and the Humber, providing safe, clean energy workplaces that also help decarbonize the UK energy supply. As we work to unlock the potential of wind power, we applaud the UK government’s strong and continued support for offshore wind.

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