£15m UK grant boost for AMEP

A £14.9m ($24.7m) Enterprise Zone Capital Grant Fund has been awarded for the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) scheme that aims to serve as a major hub for the UK’s offshore wind sector.

AMEP worked together with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnerships and North Lincolnshire Council to secure the grant and successfully outbid 12 other LEPs.

The £450m, 367-hectare energy park site in northeast England, sitting across the Humber from the Alexandra Dock site where Siemens is contemplating building a factory for its 6MW offshore wind turbine, was granted planning permission on December 18.

The AMEP project is expected to create 4,100 direct jobs and 1,250 construction jobs during the process.

The project recently secured a commitment from Austrian construction firm Strabag to site an offshore wind foundation plant there, which could already account for 500 jobs.

Work is set to begin on its first phase, a £29m general infrastructure programme due to end in March 2015.

Works on the area – the largest LEP in the UK – will develop 240,000 sq metres of commercial floorspace, 3.7km of internal access roads, 1,355 metres of rail sidings, electricity supply to AMEP and surrounding area, and mains water, gas and sewage services to the Enterprise Zone.