East Riding of Yorkshire Council has welcomed the news that energy giant Siemens has confirmed it will go ahead with a £310 million deal to develop a wind turbine production complex in Hull, creating thousands of jobs for the local area.
Alongside its local authority neighbours, private sector partners and the Government, the council has worked tirelessly to secure the Siemens development, with council leader Stephen Parnaby OBE hailing the announcement as an “historic moment for the Humber region”.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted with this news. It has been a long road from this proposal first being mooted to it finally getting the green light to go ahead.
“It is an historic moment for the Humber region, certainly unrivalled in recent history, and will create an initial 1,000 jobs and thousands more in the supply chain and related business, providing both short and long term economic benefits that will help transform the area’s economy.
“Today’s news is a real statement of intent in terms of our region’s ambition to establish itself as the UK’s hub for renewable energy and, with Siemens now committed, the Humber can start to realise its ambition of becoming the UK’s Energy Estuary.”
Siemens will now invest £160m across Alexandra Dock, in East Hull, and at an 80-hectare site in Paull. Following a joint bid from East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council, which attracted £25.7m from the Regional Growth Fund, support will be provided to small and medium sized enterprises and the local workforce to make the most of the economic opportunity.
Associated British Ports (ABP), which owns the dock, is investing £150m in the ‘Green Port Hull’ development.
Councillor Parnaby added: “This is certainly one of the proudest moments in all my years as leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
“The wide scale economic benefits this investment will have for East Riding businesses cannot be over stated. It is also excellent news for East Riding residents with the development providing employment opportunities in an emerging sector.
“The council will continue to work alongside Hull City Council and the private sector to provide support for local businesses in becoming part of the renewable energy supply chain and to develop the skills of the local workforce to maximise the benefits of this investment and ensure that as many of these as possible remain local to help grow the economy of the Humber.”