Siemens to create 1,000 new UK windfarm jobs

Manufacturing giant Siemens is to invest £160 million in wind turbine production and installation facilities in the UK, creating 1,000 new jobs.

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Siemens jobs 'reduce our reliance on foreign imports'

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said the deal would help to keep bills down. Credit: PA

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: "This deal is excellent news for the people of Hull and the Humber, the UK, the wind industry, and our energy security.

"We are attracting investment by backing enterprise with better infrastructure and lower taxes.

"As well as helping to keep the lights on and putting more than 1,000 people in work, this deal means we will help to keep consumer bills down as we invest in home-grown green energy and reduce our reliance on foreign imports."

Siemens to create 1,000 UK jobs at wind farm plants

Each rotor blade is 75 metres long and when rotating covers an area the size of two-and-a-half football pitches. Credit: PA

Manufacturing giant Siemens is to invest £160 million in wind turbine production and installation facilities in the UK, creating 1,000 new jobs.

The German firm had been working on plans to invest £80 million, which would have led to 700 jobs, but it has decided to revise its plans, giving a boost to the offshore wind industry.

The work will be spread across two sites comprising the previously announced Green Port Hull project construction, assembly and service facility and a new rotor blade manufacturing facility in nearby Paull, in East Riding.

Siemens will invest £160 million across the two locations and its port partner Associated British Ports (ABP) is spending a further £150 million in the Green Port Hull development.