Major boost for offshore wind as £450M port gets go-ahead

Major boost for offshore wind as £450M port gets go-ahead

Contracts will be let early in the new year for work on a £450 million port development to create an offshore wind hub in the north east following granting of planning approval yesterday.

 

Around 4,000 jobs will be created as a result of the approval granted by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to Able Marine for a Marine Energy Park on the south bank of the Humber. The permission is being hailed as a major boost for the UK’s ambitions to develop a significant wind turbine industry.

 

The long awaited permission means that work on constructing a 1,289 metre quay can start next year for completion by late 2016. The site will provide quayside facilities purpose built for manufacture, assembly and installation of offshore wind farm equipment including turbines.

 

The Energy Park, part of the overall Able Humber Port Development, is at the centre of the UK’s largest Enterprise Zone. The Port covers 2,135 acres and has a river frontage of 2.5 miles, making it one of the largest available for development in Europe. Able has invested £50 million there already to provide facilities for importing cars. Future plans include a logistics hub including warehousing, offices and storage.

 

As well as creating an expected 4,000 renewable energy related jobs locally the project will be a catalyst for delivering the vision of a hub or cluster of renewable energy companies in the region. Gravity based foundations and turbine manufacturer Strabag is in the final stages of negotiating a deal to locate its European production facility there, bringing 500 jobs.

 

The site will be well placed to service existing and future offshore wind developments. Despite having one of the world’s most ambitious offshore wind programmes the UK has no domestic turbine manufacturing, but this development is seen as able to create the critical mass of activity from producing turbines and their foundations to providing a base for offshore installation and servicing of wind farms.

 

Image: Able UK

Please rate

Comments 

Name
Email
  Ctrl + Enter

Most Read

HS2 ‘go / no-go decision’ expected next month

HS2 ‘go / no-go decision’ expected next month

It is understood that prime minister Boris Johnson will make a final decision on the project at the same time that the government-ordered Oakervee review is made public. It had previously been suggested that the Oakervee report would be made public ahead of a final decision from

SES Water working with partners to meet leakage reduction target

SES Water working with partners to meet leakage reduction target

The company is creating an intelligent water distribution network by working with Royal HaskoningDHV, Vodafone and Technolog to implement technology to cut leakage by 15% over the next five years and pave the way for more than halving it by 2045. SES’s vision is to create a self-learning

Heathrow delays third runway construction by three years.

Heathrow delays third runway construction by three years.

Heathrow has taken the decision to push back the completion of the third runway from 2026 to “early 2028 or late 2029”. It comes as the aviation watchdog published its determination on early construction costs and timings for the expansion programme. In its determination the CAA ruled

This website uses cookies to enhance your user experience. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of these cookies. See our Cookie Policy.