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Siemens advances UK offshore wind plant as Hull plans go in

Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP) have submitted planning applications for their proposed Green Port Hull facility in northeast England.

Germany's Siemens plans to build manufacturing facilities at the site to produce its 6MW offshore wind turbine.

The two companies say joint applications are being made for the demolition of existing buildings at Hull's Alexandra Dock, and for the development of a factory, offices and a helicopter landing site, as well as areas for the storage, assembly and testing of wind-turbine components.

"We are very pleased that another significant milestone in the project has been achieved, and we look forward to discussing plans further with the local community during the consultation process,” says Dan McGrail, Siemens project manager.

Consultation events will take place during January and the partners hope to gain consent for the work by mid-2012.

Construction will run from then until 2014, when the site is due to become operational in time to start producing turbines ahead of the first Round 3 projects.

Siemens is the first offshore wind turbine manufacturer to apply for planning consent for a new UK port facility.

Vestas of Denmark has secured an option for a large plot of land in Sheerness, southeast England.

Spain's Gamesa is looking at Hartlepool, also in northeast England, and Leith, Scotland, for its planned facilities. Other companies, including Alstom and REpower, are also studying possible UK sites.