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The go ahead has finally been given to the Siemens project at Hull's Alexandra Dock.
Experts say the wind turbine blade manufacturing facility - promising thousands of jobs - is a key part of making the area a hub for the green energy industry.
Building work will begin shortly, as James Webster now reports.
The first 14 of an estimated 1,000 operational jobs to be created at Siemen's Green Port Hull have been advertised.
The jobs are split between six land-based stores and servicing jobs and eight offshore wind turbine commissioning technician roles.
All applicants must live within a 40-mile radius of the site, or be willing to relocate to hull.
The £160 million site will make around 600 wind turbine blades per year, and is expected to open in 2017.
The consortium SMart Wind has welcomed the decision by the Secretary of State to grant development consent for Hornsea Project One.
The project is scheduled to commence operation by 2020 when it will become the world’s first gigawatt scale far from shore wind farm.
The DCO covers the entire project, including the turbines, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cable.
Project One is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and covers approximately 407 square kilometres, when completed, Project One will be able to meet the electricity needs of around 800,000 UK homes.
Hornsea Project One is being developed by SMartWind – a consortium of Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services – and DONG Energy. Hornsea Project One is one of three projects for which DONG Energy was awarded Financial Investment Decision Enabling Contracts for Difference by the Government in April 2014.
“SMart Wind are delighted with the grant of the DCO following a robust examination from the Planning Inspectorate.
"Hornsea Project One is part of the essential new infrastructure that has driven major investment in the Humber economy and ensures a low carbon future for the area.
"Today’s announcement is testament to the world-class expertise of the Mainstream team who have been developing this project for the past six years.
"This has been a landmark year for Mainstream’s offshore team as we were recently awarded consent for our 450MW offshore wind farm in Scotland.”
“Development consent for Hornsea Project One is very welcome.
"This is an exciting project that will be a world first in terms of its size and location, and it has the potential to power up to 800,000 UK homes.
"Development consent has recently been granted for our Burbo Bank Extension and Walney Extension wind farms as well, underlining that DONG Energy has real commitment to investing in the UK with a strong pipeline of future projects.”
Siemens acts as financing and technology partner in the joint venture.
The company recently announced its intention to invest in wind turbine production facilities in Hull that could also produce the Hornsea turbines.
The Hornsea Project One will support the UK in its endeavours to pursue its environmental objectives and to satisfy a quarter of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020. Siemens’ equity participation underpins its long-term commitment to the project and the region overall.
“We are delighted to see such positive decisions as the large scale Hornsea Project One coming through the planning process, which further support the UK’s position as a global leader in offshore wind and confirm its material contribution to UK power generation into the long term.”
The very first jobs at Siemens at the Green Port Hull project have been advertised.
The global energy giant is now recruiting for the positions of Personal Assistant and Quantity Surveyor at the wind turbine production and installation facilities it is building at sites in Hull and Paull.
The positions will form part of the Hull project team tasked with driving the construction and development of the project forward.
Eventually, 1,000 jobs will be created, with more to follow in the supply chain.
We are pleased to confirm that we have started our initial recruitment for a small number of locally based roles to support the core Siemens project team in Hull. We are committed to supporting local job creation and will work with local agencies and partners as part of our long term recruitment process.
Our development plans in Hull and Paull form part of an overall programme of works over coming months and years. Our recruitment needs will reflect these phases. The current phase of works is focused in the main on Alexandra Dock construction works through our port partner Associated British Ports. Siemens' needs at present are focused on roles within our core planning team. We look forward to working more closely with the local community and businesses as our project progresses.
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The news of a €1b windfarm off the East Yorks coast has been welcomed by business leaders. DONG Energy want to locate thirty-five wind turbines in the North Sea, five miles east of Hull.
Siemens will build the turbines, providing a further boost for their plans to build a £200m facility on Alexandra Dock in Hull, creating a green port. Both projects have the potential for hunderds of jobs.