Siemens Gamesa seeks to double blade factory size

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Turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa has submitted a planning application to Hull City Council. The company intends to double the size of its blade manufacturing facility in Hull. The move could potentially create hundreds of new jobs, with blades over 100 metres long being manufactured.

Siemens Gamesa intends to extend its facility – on Alexandra Dock – from the current 36,000 square metres to a much larger 77,600 square metres. For this to happen, the proposal requires government support and Siemens Gamesa needs to secure work on the next phase of offshore wind development. The factory was opened in 2016, and the first blade unveiled there was 75 metres long.

Hull City Council is publicly discussing the proposal, having already committed to carbon neutrality by 2030. Councillor Daren Hale, Hull City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment and Regeneration, said: “This is thrilling news for Hull and if this goes ahead it will help to further cement the city’s position at the forefront of the green economy revolution.

“As we’ve seen in the past, investments like this have transformed the city and this latest plan could be a game-changer. It could be critical in supporting the recovery of Hull in a post-Covid economy at a time when so much is uncertain.

“Investments by Siemens Gamesa have already created over a thousand jobs in this city and these new plans have the potential to create hundreds more skilled opportunities.

“Hull City Council is committed to a zero carbon future and, by working with our private sector partners, this plan could be another major milestone in that journey.

“This has great potential for Hull and we now need the Government to support Siemens Gamesa so they can continue to invest in the city and deliver more clean and cheaper energy to consumers.”

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