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How the new Siemens plant could look

Siemens has tweeted a picture of how their new plant in Hull could look. They say the project demonstrates their "ongoing commitment to UK manufacturing".

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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."

PM: Wind farm jobs are 'massive vote of confidence'

The Prime Minister warmly welcomed the Siemens investment. Credit: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "This is a massive vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan.

"This investment is going to create lots of new jobs and opportunities, meaning more financial security and peace of mind for families and a more resilient economy for our country."

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.