Manufacturing company Siemens and the UK’s Associated British Ports are investing £310m in UK wind turbine factories, creating 1,000 jobs.
Siemens are doubling their previous plans to invest £80m in wind turbine production. The investment is being made in the Green Port Project in Hull, as well as a second manufacturing facility in Paull in East Yorkshire.
The news follows a push for in-country energy creation, which will go some way to removing Britain’s reliance on unstable relationships with other countries. The energy minister Michael Fallow has made calls to further strengthen the UK’s domestic energy supplies by focussing on shale energy.
Michael Suess, head of Siemens’s energy sector, said:
“We invest in markets with reliable conditions that can ensure that factories can work to capacity.
“The British energy policy creates a favourable framework for the expansion of offshore wind energy. In particular, it recognises the potential of offshore wind energy within the overall portfolio of energy production.”
Associated British Ports, who are collaborating with Siemens on the Green Port in Hull, is investing a further £150m in the project.
The project is expected to create 1,000 jobs directly, plus additional jobs in construction and through the supply chain.
Energy Secretary, Ed Davey Said:
“This is great news for Hull, it’s great news for the UK.”