First turbine blade produced at Siemens’ factory in Hull

The first turbine blade has been manufactured at Siemens’ new wind power factory in Hull. Engineering giant Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP) have invested £310 million in the site located […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The first turbine blade has been manufactured at Siemens’ new wind power factory in Hull.

Engineering giant Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP) have invested £310 million in the site located in Alexandra Dock.

The 540,000sqm facility will manufacture, store and distribute 75 metres turbine blades for offshore wind farms.

It also includes  a dockside plant assembling turbine towers of 82m tall.

It is expected that 1,000 jobs will be created, 700 of which have already been filed by local people.

Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary Greg Clark, who was at the inauguration event today, said: “Hull has established itself as an important manufacturing and engineering centre for this innovative and exciting new industry. In the coming years the new offshore wind projects that this factory will supply could generate enough clean electricity to power over three million homes and businesses – all with wind turbine blades produced by the dedicated and highly skilled Siemens workforce right here in Hull.

“Since 2010, there has been over £52 billion of investment in renewables in the UK – creating thousands of highly skilled jobs and opportunities here in the UK to support our low-carbon economy.”