Siemens Confirms Plans to Build UK Factory for Offshore Wind Energy
Siemens has confirm that they are set to invest more than £160 million in new offshore production facilities in the UK
Production of the rotor blades for the 6 megawatt offshore wind turbines is planned, with a new logistics and service centre slated for Hull. Siemens and its British partner Associated British Ports will be investing a total of £310 million at the project sites. These investments will bolster the strong offshore market in Great Britain and will likewise stimulate the country’s job market: 1,000 will be created directly, with 550 of these in rotor blade production and 450 in Green Port Hull. Other jobs will follow in the construction industry and emerge indirectly in the supply industry.
Michael Suess, member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of the Energy Sector said;
Our decision to construct a production facility for offshore wind turbines in England is part of our global strategy: we invest in markets with reliable conditions that can ensure that factories can work to capacity. The British energy policy creates a favourable framework for the expansion of offshore wind energy. In particular, it recognises the potential of offshore wind energy within the overall portfolio of energy production. The offshore wind market in Great Britain has high growth rates, with an even greater potential for the future. Wind power capacity has doubled here within two years, to roughly 10 gigawatts. By 2020, a capacity of 14 gigawatts is to be installed at sea alone to combine the country’s environmental objectives with secure power supply. Projects for just over 40 gigawatts are currently in the long-term planning. The British Prime Minister David Cameron declared: “Our constructive political environment enables us to provide new jobs for the wind power industry, together with a reliable and more sustainable energy mix.
To date the company has installed more than 2,200 turbines onshore and offshore there in the world’s most significant wind power market with a total capacity of more than 5,000 megawatts. Siemens has a workforce of around 14,000 in Great Britain, 1,500 of which are employed in the British wind power business.
Green Port Hull is scheduled to take up operations at the beginning of 2016, with commencement of rotor production scheduled for the summer of 2016. Full capacity of the factory is to be reached starting at mid-2017. These investments will support Great Britain in its endeavours to pursue its environmental objectives and to satisfy one-fourth of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020.