Siemens boss to discuss city plans
A SENIOR executive of energy firm Siemens is coming to Hull next week to discuss the company's ambitious plans for the city.
Matthew Chinn, managing director of the firm's UK and North West Europe energy division, will be addressing guests from across the Humber about its offshore renewable energy proposals.
The plans, which form part of the Green Port Hull development, would see an area of Alexandra Dock transformed into a facility for the construction of offshore wind turbines.
Mr Chinn will be speaking at the Hull and Humber Chamber's annual dinner, which takes place at the KC Stadium next week.
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It will be the first time he has spoken to a public audience in Hull about his company's proposals for the city.
Chamber president Matt Jukes, Associated British Ports' director for Hull and Goole, said he was delighted to have secured such a prestigious figure for the event.
He said: "It was a real feather in our cap to secure the head of energy at Siemens in the UK and North West Europe, and I am really pleased he is able to come along.
"We are sure it will be a great night.
"It goes without saying that the proposed plans for Hull are high up on the firm's agenda and Mr Chinn will be able to speak about the potential these proposals could bring to the region."
Providing more than 40 per cent of the UK's total wind power, Siemens has installed more than 1,000 turbines in the UK and is already involved in 11 offshore wind turbine projects in the UK, including the Round 3 Zone Hornsea Bid off the East Yorkshire Coast.
Mr Jukes said: "Obviously, its energy division is involved with lots of different technologies and not just wind, such as solar and hydro and gas.
"But it will be very interesting to hear him refer to other examples of the firm's catalytic investment and the kind of impact it has had on other areas."
Siemens is one of the world's largest manufacturers, and employs about 400,000 people across the globe.
This includes about 16,000 people in the UK, 5,000 of whom are employed in manufacturing.
Tickets have already sold out for the Chamber dinner, which takes place at the KC Stadium on Friday, January 25.