In what has been described as a big milestone by the head of port operations for Siemens, the very first offshore components assembled at the factory in Hull have now been shipped off into the North Sea.
Barry Denness was quoted by the Hull Daily Mail as saying: “It’s great to see the first shipment leave here. Eventually this will become a familiar sight but it's always special to see off the first ship.”
Once the Sea Challenger – stocked with 12 blades, four towers and four nacelles – reaches its destination of the Dudgeon wind farm off the Norfolk coast, its crew will then assemble four offshore wind turbines, each one taking 24 hours to install.
Mr Denness went on to say that as part of a traditional Hull trawling family and having spent decades in the offshore industry, he’s very proud to have a part to play in what he describes as an “energy revolution”.
The new Siemens factory is located at Green Port Hull on Alexandra Dock. Back in December, it was announced that the very first turbine blade had been manufactured on site, with secretary of state for business Greg Clark on hand to witness the unveiling.
Over the last couple of years, around £310 million has been invested into the Hull site, with construction only beginning two years ago. Since then, it has been transformed into a truly profitable business and will eventually employ up to 1,000 people. The dock itself is still under development and a new harbour is expected to come to fruition later in 2017.
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