Siemens receives first order for its Hull factory

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by KCFM

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Siemens has received its first order for its wind turbine blades to be made in Hull.

East Anglia One offshore wind farm have signed the largest ever deal for the UK’s Wind Energy sector, which will support up to 15 hundred jobs and reduce the cost of electricity.

More than half of the components needed will be sourced and made in the UK and the Siemens Hull factory will provide the wind turbine blades for the project.

This £2 billion deal kick-starts the multi-billion pound UK inward investment in the offshore wind sector.

Once the wind farm is completed, it’s believed there’ll be enough power to generate electricity for 500,000 homes.

The Siemens factory in Hull is due to be completed by the end of next year and be fully operational by 2017.

ScottishPower Renewables aims to start construction in 2017, with the first turbines installed by 2019 and the project fully operational during 2020.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd, said:

“This massive financial investment is great news for East Anglia and for Hull, which will now become a real clean energy manufacturing hub.

“In addition to supporting thousands of UK jobs, this project shows we are driving down the costs of offshore wind; another demonstration of how the Government is developing the full potential of the offshore wind sector at the lowest cost to bill payers.”

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “

East Anglia ONE will be the most cost effective offshore windfarm ever delivered. Selecting the turbine supplier will be the single largest agreement for East Anglia ONE, and the most significant in terms of achieving important cost reduction goals. We are confident that we have selected the most efficient offshore wind turbines in the world, and we look forward to working with Siemens to deliver a successful project.”

Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, explained:

“We are pleased that ScottishPower Renewables has selected Siemens for this project. Our advanced model of our proven Direct Drive wind turbine with an output of 7 MW will leverage the energy output of East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm and contribute to lowering the cost of electricity. We will manufacture the wind turbine blades for East Anglia One at our new factory in Hull and work with ScottishPower to further promote the growth of the UK offshore industry.”

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Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by KCFM

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