In a move the company says will help create 1,000 new jobs, Siemens is investing more than EUR 190 million in new offshore wind facilities in England. The company plans to build a factory to produce rotor blades for 6 MW offshore turbines, as well as establish a nearby logistics and service center in Green Port Hull.
‘Our decision to construct a production facility for offshore wind turbines in England is part of our global strategy: We invest in markets with reliable conditions that can ensure that factories can work to capacity," says Michael Suess, CEO of Siemens' energy sector. ‘The British energy policy creates a favorable framework for the expansion of offshore wind energy. In particular, it recognizes the potential of offshore wind energy within the overall portfolio of energy production.’
Siemens says the company and its British partner Associated British Ports will be investing a total of EUR 371 million at the project sites. The turbine maker expects to create 1,000 jobs, with 550 of these in rotor blade production and 450 at the logistics center.
Green Port Hull is scheduled to take up operations at the beginning of 2016, with commencement of rotor production scheduled that summer. Full capacity of the factory is to be reached starting at mid-2017.