Siemens to Build Major Offshore Wind Manufacturing Site in the UK

      Siemens to Build Major Offshore Wind Manufacturing Site in the UK

  PR Newswire

  FRIMLEY, England, March 25, 2014

FRIMLEY, England, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --



- 1,000 new jobs to be created in Hull area

- With Photo

Today, Siemens has announced its decision to invest £160 million (EUR190m) in
wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire. The revised
plan will be spread across two sites comprising the previously announced Green
Port Hull project construction, assembly and service facility and a new rotor
blade manufacturing facility in nearby Paull, in East Riding. Siemens is
investing £160 million across the two locations and its port partner
Associated British Ports (ABP) is investing a further £150 million in the
Green Port Hull development. The investment will provide a huge boost to the
UK's offshore wind industry and the Humber region. The combined investments of
£310 million will create up to 1,000 jobs directly, with additional jobs
during construction and indirectly in the supply chain.

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Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"This is a massive vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan. This
investment is going to create lots of new jobs and opportunities, meaning more
financial security and peace of mind for families and a more resilient economy
for our country."

The Green Port Hull project has been in the making for around four years and
is the product of a huge team effort between many national and local
political, business and community parties and many people within Siemens in
the UK, Denmark and Germany, and ABP. 

The much anticipated investment is a landmark moment for the UK offshore wind
industry. It is the first manufacturing plant of its kind for Siemens next
generation blade technology (IntegralBlade®) designed for Siemens SWT-6.0-154
6 megawatt (MW) wind turbine. This is leading edge technology - each rotor
blade is 75 metres long and when rotating covers an area the size of two and a
half football pitches.

"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. The British
energy policy creates a favourable 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," stated Michael
Suess, member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of the Energy
Sector. The offshore wind market in Great Britain has high growth rates, with
an even greater potential for the future. Wind power capacity has doubled here
within two years, to roughly 10 gigawatts. By 2020, a capacity of 14 gigawatts
is to be installed at sea alone to combine the country's environmental
objectives with secure power supply. Projects for just over 40 gigawatts are
currently in the long-term planning."

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said:

"This deal is excellent news for the people of Hull and the Humber, the UK,
the wind industry, and our energy security. We are attracting investment by
backing enterprise with better infrastructure and lower taxes. As well as
helping to keep the lights on and putting more than 1,000 people in work, this
deal means we will help to keep consumer bills down as we invest in home-grown
green energy and reduce our reliance on foreign imports.

"This deal shows our strategy for offshore wind is working; bringing
investment, green jobs and growth, and helping keep Britain the number one
country in the world for offshore wind."

Roland Aurich, Chief Executive, Siemens plc said:

"Being able to further increase our presence in the UK with this significant
commitment is great for Siemens, for the UK economy and for future
generations, who will benefit from more secure and sustainable, low carbon
energy." 

Matthew Chinn, Managing Director of Siemens Energy UK & Ireland said:

"Siemens is a leader in offshore wind and the investment demonstrates our
ongoing commitment to UK manufacturing and confidence in the industry. The
development of local manufacturing will provide a huge boost to the UK
renewables industry and will help unlock other major projects and
investments."

Green Port Hull is also a landmark moment for the Humber region, promising
regeneration and the creation of many hundreds of new jobs and new skills. 
Siemens manufacturing plans will help create around 1,000 jobs - 550 at the
blade factory and 450 at Green Port Hull. This is a welcome boost to the
economy and to Hull which will be City of Culture in 2017 when the factory
will be up and running.

James Cooper, ABP Chief Executive said: "The announcement by Siemens today
underlines the critical role the Humber region plays in servicing the UK's
energy needs, both today and in the future. Our investment in Green Port Hull
will ensure the supply chain supporting this exciting new industry can be
centred on the Humber. We are delighted that Siemens has chosen to partner
with us to realise this exciting project."

Siemens and ABP will be submitting planning applications to Hull City Council
and East Riding Council over the next few months for revisions to the existing
proposed scheme at Alexandra Dock and for land in Paull in East Riding for the
wind turbine blade factory. Green Port Hull is planned to be operational to
meet Round 3 requirements in early 2016. The start of production at the blade
factory is scheduled to be in the middle of 2016 with full production levels
reached from mid 2017 onwards.

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Siemens   in   the   UK 

Siemens was established in the United Kingdom 170 years ago and now employs
13,760 people in the UK. Last year's revenues were £3.36 billion*. As the
world's largest engineering company, Siemens provides innovative solutions to
help tackle the world's major challenges across the key sectors of energy,
industry, infrastructure & cities and healthcare. Siemens has offices and
factories throughout the UK, with its headquarters in Frimley, Surrey. The
company's global headquarters is in Munich, Germany. For more information,
visit http://www.siemens.co.uk 

* Data includes intercompany revenue. Data may not be comparable with revenue
reported in annual or interim reports.

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To find out more about Green Port Hull please see http://www.greenporthull.com

For   more   information:   visit http://www.siemens.co.uk/hull

Contact: Contact for journalists: Siemens plc Rachel Odams, tel:
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