'Cluster of excellence'
THE Humber was recognised this week as "an example of an emerging cluster of marine and engineering excellence".
In a special Wind and Marine Energy supplement in The Times, which is now being distributed by the Humber LEP at a major conference in Glasgow, the region's strengths were underlined with case studies including Neptune Renewable Energy's planned tidal array, the Able Marine Energy Park and Green Port Hull.
The supplement also includes warnings from Matthew Knight, Siemens' director of business development for the UK's Round 3 Offshore wind programme, that an industry which "does not make money for local areas, as well as project investors, is going to lose the political will necessary for its long-term prospects".
He said: "The UK has a huge opportunity because offshore wind turbines are too big to be built anywhere other than a coastal facility.
"Turbines built in the UK will supply the whole of north-west Europe and most of continental Europe. If we delay much longer, we will see the jobs spread over a wider area."