Confidence growing in our green future
ANOTHER wave of positivity is sweeping across the region following the news a huge wind farm has been given the go-ahead.
This week, it was confirmed a large wind farm will be built off the East Yorkshire coast, with 35 turbines to come from energy giant Siemens.
Dong Energy will build the 1bn euro (£822m) wind farm Westermost Rough, 8km off the coast, east of Hull.
Karl Turner, Labour MP for Hull East, said: "This is great news and exactly what the region needs.
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"The Hull and Humber is well placed to be the renewables capital of the UK.
"Offshore wind and turbine manufacturing in region will guarantee jobs, help the environment and boost Hull's economy for future generations."
The decision gives a further boost to plans for the Siemens factory – part of the £230m Green Port Hull project – and is the first part of a huge framework deal.
Siemens and Dong Energy signed an agreement for the supply of 300 wind turbines, all of which are destined for wind farms off the UK coast, last summer.
Siemens confirmed to the Mail it would look to build a "portion" of these hi-tech turbines at its proposed new plant in the city.
Benj Sykes, Dong Energy Wind Power UK country manager, said: "We are very excited to go ahead with our next offshore wind farm at Westermost Rough.
"This is the first project we have brought forward to construction in the North East and we are looking forward to working in the area during construction and over the 20 years during the operational life of the wind farm.
"We are excited about the potential of this new technology and deploying the 6MW turbine on this scale."
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, said: "This offshore wind farm will feature cutting-edge turbine technology and will bring further jobs and investment to the East Coast, whilst also generating enough clean energy to power 200,000 homes.
"This confirms the UK's position as being one of the best places in the world to invest in offshore wind."
Construction of the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm will begin in first half of 2014 and the farm is expected to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2015.
John Sparrowe, managing director of Northern Divers, said he hoped Dong Energy's decision could lead to local companies benefiting from the scheme.
The Hull company has experience with marine renewables, having worked on a wind farm in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.
Mr Sparrowe said: "If Dong Energy has a policy of using local businesses wherever possible, then the decision to go ahead with this offshore wind farm is very good for the Humber area."
Last week, Siemens' head of energy for UK and North West Europe Matthew Chinn said the Green Port Hull development will happen – if the right levels of support continued, not just in Hull but, crucially, from central Government.
The 35 Siemens 6MW turbines will have a total capacity of 210MW.
The 6MW machine has the biggest capacity of any wind turbine in use anywhere in the world, and Westermost Rough will be the first wind farm to use the 6MW turbine on a large scale.