Siemens to set up UK turbine plant at Humberside location

As anticipated by Recharge, Siemens is moving to establish its planned UK offshore wind turbine manufacturing plant on Humberside, at Alexandra Dock, Port of Hull.

Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP) have signed a memorandum of understanding in connection with ABP’s proposed Green Port Hull development at the dock.

"The parties have agreed to work together to develop plans for the construction of a new Siemens offshore and wind turbine manufacturing and export facility at the port with the aim of executing definitive arrangements in 2011," a statement from the companies says. A Siemens spokesman says that this will involve “involves very detailed work which will continue over many months.”

Siemens intends to invest at least £80mn and create around 700 jobs in a manufacturing plant that will produce its next generation offshore turbines, aimed at supplying the UK’s Round III projects. As Recharge has reported previously, Siemens decided some time ago to zero in on a Humberside location due to the amount of space available, which it wants in order to build a large integrated facility.

ABP is the UK’s largest ports group and operate 21 ports across the country. ABP is expected to build a £100m deep-water berth at the port capable of handling Siemens new 6MW offshore turbines. It would hope to benefit from a significant slice of the £60m in ports funding for the offshore wind industry that the government has made available.

ABP’s Green Dock Hull has an existing planning approval for the development of a 600m riverside berth at Alexandra Dock that “can be extended as required”, according to the project website. There are approximately 400 hectares of development land available close by for expansion or to locate supply chain businesses.

Mark Jones, Hull Council’s head of economic development, says a full team had been put in place to work alongside the two firms to "ensure the necessary permissions are in place in the shortest possible timescale".