Today the government has announced a £260 million investment in offshore wind farms in the Humber region, a combination of private and government funding.
“The Humber region embodies the UK’s green industrial revolution, with new investment into developing the next generation of wind turbines set to create new jobs, export opportunities and clean power across the country.“ says PM Boris Johnson.
Siemens Gamesa and GRI Renewable Industries will receive grant funding from the Government’s £160 million Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support scheme announced last year to further develop manufacturing facilities in the Humber region.
Siemens Gamesa will invest a total of £186 million to expand its blade manufacturing site located near Hull, creating and safeguarding up to 1,080 direct jobs.
As a result of the investment, the company will be able to manufacture the next generation of offshore wind turbines and blades greater than 100 meters.
Additionally, GRI Renewable Industries is the second confirmed company to build facilities at Able Marine Energy Park, Hull, with £78 million investment in an offshore wind turbine tower factory, creating up to 260 direct jobs.
This follows the announcement over £180 million of private sector investment from offshore wind manufacturers in the Humber and in Newcastle-upon-Tyne last month, and another £95 million from Government to create two new offshore wind ports on the Humber and on Teesside earlier this year – building the UK’s offshore wind capacity for clean electricity generation as coal power is phased out.