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First operational jobs advertised for Green Port Hull

The first 14 of an estimated 1,000 operational jobs to be created at Siemen's Green Port Hull have been advertised.

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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.

Consortium welcomes Govenment wind farm go-ahead

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.”

– Andy Kinsella, Mainstream Renewable Power’s Chief Operating Officer

“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.”

– Benj Sykes, DONG Energy Vice President of UK Wind Power,

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.”

– Huub den Rooijen, Head of Offshore Wind at The Crown Estate, manager of the UK seabed


First Siemens jobs in Hull advertised

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.

– Finbarr Dowling, Project Director Hull

Business leaders welcome Hull windfarm

East Yorkshire coast, as seen from Hull

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.

Hope for Siemens in Hull as businesses relocate

Businesses based on land earmarked for the new £80m Siemens wind turbine factory have been relocated - providing hope the company will still come to the area.

The relocation of firms off Alexandra Dock in East Hull is just one of the measures being put into place ahead of an expected final decision by the global engineering giant early in the New Year.

After the publication of the Government's Energy Bill last week, the company said its plans for the Hull facility remained "on track".


Top partners: University of Lincoln, University of Sheffield and Siemens engineering firm

Celebrations in London after the announcement of principal partnership status

The University of Lincoln, and the University of Sheffield have been named as two of Siemens' principal partner universities.

The status is to honour their working relationships and to acknowledge their goals to develop future engineering graduates and encourage research and innovation.

Siemens struggles to find apprentices

Siemens has been given the go-ahead to build a renewable energy hub in Hull, but says it has struggled to find capable apprentices.

The company has had over 1,000 applications for 37 apprenticeships at its UK energy service division. However, they say many of the candidates' core educational skills were not good enough.

The roles were at Siemens wind power training school in Newcastle.

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