A major offshore wind turbine manufacturing plant looks set to be built in a port city, bringing thousands of potential jobs to the region.
Engineering and technology giant Siemens and port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) have agreed to develop plans for the facility at Alexandra Dock in Hull.
The announcement is a welcome boost to the city – just two weeks ago Hull City Council launched proposals to axe up to 1,400 jobs as it aims to cut £40M from the budget.
The deal would place Hull at the centre of the UK’s wind turbine production and could create thousands of jobs.
A spokeswoman for Siemens said: “Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP) have announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding in connection with ABP’s proposed Green Port Hull development at Alexandra Dock, Port of Hull.
“The parties have agreed to work together to develop plans for the construction of a new Siemens offshore wind turbine manufacturing and export facility at the port with the aim of executing definitive agreements in 2011.”
Benj Sykes, director of innovations at the Carbon Trust, said: “A development of this kind would be an enormous shot in the arm for the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry and a perfect example of green growth needed to drive the UK’s economic recovery. Our analysis shows that offshore wind alone could create 70,000 jobs by 2020.”