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Pickles boost for £450M marine park

Construction of a £450M marine park in the Humber Estuary moved a step closer today with a visit from Eric Pickles.

The communities secretary confirmed a £15M government grant for the Able Marine Energy Park.

The park will offer deep water quays and developable land for the manufacture, storage, assembly and deployment of next generation offshore wind turbines.

Planning permission for the initial enabling works has been granted by North Lincolnshire Council. But the scheme is under consideration from a joint committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons.

Able executive chairman Peter Stephenson said: “Mr Pickle’s visit and his department’s awarding of the grant is, I believe, a huge vote of confidence in our ambitions to provide at AMEP the full range of facilities needed by the emerging renewable energy sectors.

“For a sector where proximity to market means everything to everyone, it makes sense to offer a big space in the right place, with substantial quays built to accommodate the deployment of large industrial components to the North Sea and beyond - all this, in the heart of the largest offshore wind market in the world.”

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