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Siemens to Build Major Factory for Offshore Wind Power in UK

Posted on the 26 March 2014 by Dailyfusion @dailyfusion
Siemens to produce rotor blades for offshore wind turbines in a new factory in the UKSiemens to produce rotor blades for offshore wind turbines in a new factory in the UK. (Credit: Siemens AG, Munich/Berlin)

Siemens is investing more than €190 million ($263 million) in new offshore production facilities in Great Britain. Production of rotor blades for offshore wind turbines of the 6-megawatt class is planned, with a new logistics- and service center in the Hull area (Yorkshire).

“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 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”, 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. Offshore wind power in the UK has doubled 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. The British Prime Minister David Cameron declared: “Our constructive political environment enables us to provide new jobs for the wind power industry, together with a reliable and more sustainable energy mix.”

Siemens and its British partner Associated British Ports (ABP) will be investing a total of €371 million ($513 million) at the project sites. These investments will bolster the strong offshore market in Great Britain and will likewise stimulate the country’s job market: 1,000 will be created directly, with 550 of these in rotor blade production and 450 in Green Port Hull. Other jobs will follow in the construction industry and emerge indirectly in the supply industry.

How offshore wind measures up

How offshore wind measures up (Infographic: Siemens AG, Munich/Berlin)

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