Following the announcement by Siemens and Associated British Ports of their £310m investment in manufacturing facilities on Humberside for offshore wind turbines and blades, the Chief Executive of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, said:
“This is tremendous news for the offshore renewable energy sector in the UK. As well as securing up to 1000 direct jobs it will play a major part in developing the supply chain, supporting many thousands more and developing skills and capabilities that will deliver huge economic benefits to the UK for decades to come.
“This investment is a significant international vote of confidence in the UK’s offshore renewable energy industry and ambitions”.
ORE Catapult published a report this month that provided detailed analysis of the potential economic impact of the offshore renewable sector in the UK. The report stated that “GVA from turbine supply can increase from £130m to £2.1bn (by 2020) and much of this benefit will be felt in the areas around industrial ports on the east coast where there is good access to many offshore wind development areas in northern Europe”.
The full report, including detailed supply chain analysis, is available here.