Hull unveils £100m turbine plant plans

The Port of Hull plans to launch a £100m wind turbine manufacturing facility. The proposal was revealed yesterday by the port’s owners ABP which wants to turn Hull, one of […]

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By Kelvin Ross

The Port of Hull plans to launch a £100m wind turbine manufacturing facility.

The proposal was revealed yesterday by the port’s owners ABP which wants to turn Hull, one of the UK’s busiest shipping hubs, into the country’s greenest offshore wind turbine manufacturing plant.

Last month ABP submitted a proposal to the Transport Select Committee, outlining the proposals for a Humber Green Economy Gateway.

In addition to the £100m manufacturing base, ABP also highlighted its potential to offer further port land to support a much wider cluster of manufacturing businesses.

In its written submission to the Transport Select Committee, ABP pointed out the developments would mitigate the impact on the environment by using existing port infrastructure, therefore offering “a fast-track route” to creating green jobs and growth in the economy.

The committee yesterday travelled to Hull to speak to leading business and political figures before heading to the port for a tour of the proposed site.

Port director Matt Jukes said: “The committee’s visit is very timely because the Humber Green Economy Gateway is a potential model for helping to transform the economy in other regions across the UK.

“It is a strategy that focuses on achieving the coalition government’s objectives of delivering green growth and re-balancing the economy.”