Business Secretary visits port to UK green future

Business Secretary Vince Cable has toured Alexandra Dock where Siemens plans to build an £80 million wind turbine factory expected to be operational by 2014. Associated British Ports will build […]

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By Tom Gibson

Business Secretary Vince Cable has toured Alexandra Dock where Siemens plans to build an £80 million wind turbine factory expected to be operational by 2014. Associated British Ports will build a £100 million deepwater berth to handle the new generation of large offshore wind developments.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said the port signified a shift for the UK economy: “The offshore wind sector has the potential to create 70,000 jobs in the UK. We are committed to making sure that UK businesses get a headstart and seize those opportunities now. The transition to a green economy presents significant growth opportunities both in the UK and abroad.”

Hull City Council believes the investment could bring up to 10,000 new jobs to the area to support offshore developments and renewable energy opportunities.