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Wind power plant confirms major expansion thanks to increased government cash flow

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Plans to more than double the size of the Siemens Gamesa wind turbine blade plant in Hull have been confirmed, with the government announcing it will provide grants to the company as part of its support to the industry offshore wind turbine.

The company said the upgrade to its operations on the Humber, first announced earlier this year, will create 200 new direct jobs as part of a total investment of £ 186million.

On Monday, the government said Siemens Gamesa would receive a grant from its £ 160million offshore wind manufacturing investment support program.

The Hull plant at Alexandra Dock is the largest offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility in the UK, employing around 1,000 people.

It has built more than 1,500 offshore wind turbine blades since it opened in 2016 and Siemens Gamesa said the new investment will mean the operation will continue to be a major driver of economic growth in the Yorkshire and the region. Humber.

The giant turbines are used in wind farms under construction in the North Sea as well as exported all over the world.

They are currently supplied to the 1.4 gigawatt Hornsea Two project off the Yorkshire coast, which will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, powering the equivalent of 1.3 million homes.

Siemens Gamesa said it has an offshore wind energy order book of 9.4 billion euros (£ 8 billion).

The company said construction on its site extension is expected to begin in a few weeks and be completed in 2023.

Siemens Gamesa UK Managing Director Clark MacFarlane said: “Our investment in our offshore blade plant, logistics and existing port facilities in Hull has been a key driver for the growth of the UK’s offshore wind industry. Uni, world leader.

“We are proud to engage our long-term future in Hull and the Humber, providing safe and clean energy workplaces that also help decarbonize the UK’s energy supply.

“As we strive to unlock the potential of wind power, we applaud the UK government‘s strong and continued support for offshore wind. “

The government funding is part of the £ 160million announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last year to further develop the UK’s offshore wind capacity.

Mr Johnson said on Monday: ‘The Humber region epitomizes the UK’s green industrial revolution, with new investments in the development of the next generation of wind turbines that are expected to create new jobs, export opportunities and clean energy across the country.

“With less than 100 days of the Cop26 climate summit, we must see more countries adopt new technologies, build green industries and phase out coal-fired energy for a sustainable future.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “With its proximity to some of the world’s largest offshore wind farms and strong skills base, the Humber region is vitally important for the growth of offshore wind. UK and is at the heart of our green recovery.

“This joint £ 186million investment from the government and Siemens Gamesa will give this important industrial hub a boost, creating and supporting thousands of good quality jobs in the region while ensuring it is first line of development of the next generation of offshore wind turbines. and blades.