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.
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.
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.