Siemens names Hull plants boss

Siemens has named company veteran Finbarr Dowling as project director for its new offshore wind turbine production and service facilities in Hull.

Dowling – currently a senior executive within Siemens’ successful UK industrial division – will be responsible for delivering the plants at Green Port Hull and nearby Paull.

An employee since 1989, he will move from Siemens' drives manufacturing facility in Cheshire, northwest England, where he has been managing director since 2009.

Dowling will be joined in Hull by Ross Dean, for the last five years Siemens' commercial head of UK Offshore Wind Projects, who will be commercial project director for the Hull projects.

Dowling said of his new post, which starts on 1 July: “I am delighted to be playing a leading role in what can be described as one of the most significant green manufacturing investments the UK has seen.

"I look forward to building the team for the project and working together to turn our plans for Hull into a reality, in the process creating many new highly skilled jobs for the region.”

Siemens Energy UK and Ireland managing director Matthew Chinn said: “Finbarr brings a wealth of manufacturing experience to this key project. This is a high profile and significant investment for Siemens in UK manufacturing and also for the offshore wind industry and the Humber region.”

Siemens’ long-awaited confirmation in March that it would go ahead with offshore wind manufacturing in the UK was greeted as a big shot in the arm for the UK sector – not least due to the potential creation of up to 1,000 direct jobs.

The German group will carry out final assembly of its 6MW offshore machine at Green Port Hull, along with logistics and service activities.

Paull will be home to the first manufacturing plant for the 75-metre blades to be used on the 6MW turbine, which is destined to be used on a number of big offshore wind projects in the region.

Siemens and its British partner Associated British Ports (ABP) will be investing a total of €371m at the project sites.

Operations at Green Port Hull are due to ramp up during 2016.