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Siemens breaks ground on £310m wind turbine factory in Hull, UK

CTBR Staff Writer Published 23 January 2015

Siemens has broken ground on the £310m wind turbine manufacturing and assembly facilities at Alexandra Dock in Hull, the UK.

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The company is partnering with Associated British Ports in the development, which will create 1,000 direct jobs.

Siemens revealed that the site will first produce 67 6MW turbines for the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the UK.

Norwegian energy firms Statoil and Statkraft are developing the £1.5bn wind farm, which is situated 32km off the North Norfolk coast in water depths of 18m to 25m.

The wind farm, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2017, will generate enough electricity for about 410,000 homes in the UK.

Construction of buildings for the blade manufacturing and wind turbine assembly facilities is scheduled to start in summer 2015, based on planning consent.

The first blades are expected to be manufactured in winter 2016.

Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division Offshore CEO Michael Hannibal said: "The start of construction on the Hull site is a landmark in the development of what will be world-class offshore wind manufacturing and assembly facilities.

"By 2020 14 gigawatts of wind power capacity is to be installed in UK waters, to achieve environmental objectives and security of power supply.

"Our Hull facilities will contribute significantly to the growth of the offshore wind industry in the UK and to the shared objective of Siemens, the industry and the Government of driving down the costs of renewable energy."

Image: Siemens breaks ground on £310m wind turbine factory in Hull, the UK. Photo:courtesy of Siemens plc, 2015.