First turbine blade marks offshore wind milestone at Alexandra Dock
December 1, 2016
The first turbine blade has been manufactured at Siemens’ new wind power factory at ABP’s Port of Hull, marking the start of hundreds of blades to be produced for the offshore wind industry every year.
At an event held at Alexandra Dock, the first turbine blade was unveiled in front of customers and guests, including Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP and Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy MP.
The Siemens factory is located at Green Port Hull on the Port of Hull’s Alexandra Dock. Since 2014, there has been a £310m investment into the site, including ABP’s contribution of £150m into developing the land into a world-class hub for offshore wind manufacturing, assembly and logistics.
ABP Director Humber Simon Bird said: “The first turbine blade which we have seen manufactured at Siemens’ factory at Alexandra Dock is the symbol of two years of hard work and investment by Siemens, ABP and Hull City Council.
“In 2014, Alexandra Dock was simply a site with the potential to be a home to a world-class facility for wind power manufacturing. Fast forward to today, and with ABP’s £150m investment in this joint venture, the Siemens site is a thriving hub providing employment and economic benefits to Hull and the entire Humber region.
“As we continue to promote ABP’s ports and the region as key players in the Northern Powerhouse, we look forward to working with the sector to further transform the Humber into a hub for the offshore wind industry.”
Hull City Council Leader Cllr Steve Brady said: “With this world-class facility coming fully into production, Hull will be firmly at the centre of a new industrial era as we embrace the opportunities of the low-carbon economy.
“Importantly, hundreds of local people will have high-quality employment within a company with a global reputation for manufacturing and technological excellence.”
The wind power factory at Alexandra Dock will manufacture turbine blades for Siemens’ 7MW and next-generation 8MW turbines. They will be among the first supplied to DONG Energy for the Race Bank wind farm off the Norfolk and Lincolnshire coast.
Construction on the Alexandra Dock only started two years ago. In that time, the site has been transformed into a world-class offshore wind hub which will employ up to 1,000 people.
The Alexandra Dock site is still being developed, with construction of a new harbour for pre-assembly and load out of wind turbine components continuing into 2017.