THE LONG-AWAITED DECISION to invest in Wind Turbine Manufacturing in the Hull (and Holderness) and Humber area seems to have finally been made!
Associated British Ports (ABP) and Siemens plc announced yesterday that they are submitting applications to Hull City Council for the development of the proposed Green Port Hull facility. Joint applications are being made for the demolition of existing buildings at Alexandra Dock and the development of a factory, office and amenity facilities and a helicopter landing site, as well as areas for the storage, handling, assembly, and testing of wind turbine components.
Dan McGrail, Project Manager for Siemens, said: “We are very pleased that another significant milestone in the project has been achieved, and we look forward to discussing plans further with the local community during the consultation process. Both Siemens and ABP would like to thank Hull City Council and the local community for helping us reach today’s milestone and for their support.”
ABP is also making a number of separate applications, which include marine and listed building consents, and an application for the removal and variation of conditions attached to the consent granted by the Associated British Ports (Hull) Harbour Revision Order 2006 relating to land to be reclaimed to the south-west of Alexandra Dock. This is to enable the new quay to be used for the handling of wind turbines and associated traffic.
Matt Jukes, ABP Port Director Hull & Goole, said: “Developing Green Port Hull for Siemens represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for both the Port of Hull and our city to take the leading role in the UK’s green energy revolution. Our teams have put in a huge amount of work on the project over the last 12 months and I am exceedingly pleased that we’re now in a position to submit these applications which will see the complete transformation of Alexandra Dock, firmly position Hull as a centre of excellence for renewable energy and generate unparalleled opportunities for the city and region.”