EAST RIDING COUNCIL’S planning committee has formally considered the applications by Associated British Ports (ABP) to develop its Green Port Hull facility at Alexandra Dock for the manufacture, assembly, testing and shipment of wind turbines for the offshore wind power industry.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is a consultee on the development which will be determined by Hull City Council.
The council is fully backing the proposals and will respond to Hull City Council stating that they support the development and have no objections, subject to suitable consideration being given to the area’s historic and heritage features.
Councillor Phyllis Pollard, chairman of the planning committee, said: “We welcome the applications and give our full support to a project which has huge potential to contribute to the economic development of the area by making the Humber a centre for the renewable energy sector.
“Green Port Hull will bring benefits to the East Riding as well as the wider Humber area and we have a close interest in helping to steer the project to success.”
The ABP development will include a Siemens factory for the production of wind turbine components (mainly ‘nacelles’ or the hub parts), storage and office space, and the construction of a quay with two berths. Construction would be expected to start mid-2012 and take 28 months to complete. When operational the site is expected to employ 700 – 800 people and produce 200 – 300 wind turbines a year.
Blade and tower components would arrive at the port by ship. Parts used in constructing the nacelles will arrive at the site by road in containers.
See the full report to the council’s Planning Committee (Planning Committee Agenda 23rd February 2012 from page 96) at the council website: