Hull windfarm blade facility nears completion
Siemens’ new facility in Hull dedicated to building blades for offshore wind turbines for the UK domestic market is approaching completion.
First production of the blades is scheduled for winter this year with the facility expected to formally open in 2017. Once fully operational it will be capable of manufacturing 450 blades a year.
The facility is part of Siemens investment in the Green Port Hull facility which is part of a joint £310m project with ABP.
Demand for the facility has been increasing since plans were first announced back in 2014. The first wind power plant which will benefit from the facilities at Alexandra Dock will be the Dudgeon project off the UK's Norfolk coast, which will incorporate 67 Siemens’ offshore wind turbines.
In March this year Siemens’ signed a deal to supply Hull-made turbine blades for an extension to DONG energy’s wind farm site near Cumbria. It will make the blades for 50 turbines which will all be transported from Alexandra Dock in Hull.
The Hull facility will be larger than Siemens’ existing factory in Denmark and should create thousands of jobs for the local area and the UK supply chain.
Meanwhile, the newly constructed berths built at the Green Port Hull development on Alexandra Dock have welcomed their first vessels.
The vessels, Stema Shipping’s MV Bulknes and MV Beltnes, are using the berths to deliver almost 400,000 tonnes of crushed stone from Norway, which will be used to surface the Siemens site.
Bringing the stone by sea will remove 20,000 truck deliveries from the road network.
Three berths have been built by ABP to accommodate wind installation vessels (WIV) visiting the Siemens facility. The new quayside measures 620m and offers a continuous berthing face.
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