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.
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".
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 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.
A Siemens factory is being planned for the city's Alexandra Dock - and will create 700 jobs if it goes ahead. The council says the scheme should go ahead but the Environment Agency has objected to the plans saying they may result in Hull, Grimsby and Immingham facing an increased risk of flooding.
Hull City Council planning committee will discuss the development of a wind turbine manufacturing site.Read the full story ›
Siemens and the University of Lincoln will be visited by the Minister for Skills today. MP John Hayes will be looking at how the two are working together to provide apprenticeships in engineering.