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THE VISION


The start of production at the blade factory is scheduled for September 2016, with full production levels reached from mid-2017 onwards.


LOCAL ECONOMY


The renewable energy sector will be the single biggest influence on the local economy for generations, creating thousands of new jobs along with a wealth of opportunity for local people and business.


The investment will provide a huge boost to the UK’s offshore wind industry and the Humber region. Up to 1,000 jobs will be created directly, with additional jobs during construction and indirectly in the supply chain.


The first windfarm that will benefit from blades produced in Hull is Dudgeon, off the Norfolk coast, which will see installation of 67 Siemens 6MW offshore wind turbines. With an overall capacity of 402 MW, Dudgeon will provide clean power to more than 410,000 UK households.


In addition to the construction of a manufacturing facility, a new quay is being built for the loading of part-assembled turbines for shipping to offshore wind farms, and part of the dock is being filled to create extra storage space.


POSITIVE PROGRESS


Construction work on the Alexandra Dock site is progressing well and is on schedule for a late 2016 completion. The 54-hectare site, which ABP and their main contractor GRAHAM Lagan Construction Group Joint Venture (JV) are making ready for Siemens’ offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing facility, is being transformed in Hull’s biggest engineering project since the port was built. The enabling works undertaken by ABP and their contractors are worth £150 million.


The dock infill has now been completed, with one million cubic metres of sand pumped into the dock to fill one third of the water area. Excess sand was stored to be used for the 7.5 hectare reclaim, which will become the new quayside, and this is now being pumped into position just behind the redundant timber sheds and jetties, which will be demolished in the coming weeks.


Piling of the blade factory is complete and the steelwork is now being erected. Marine piling for the new quay wall is well underway and piling for the new roll-on roll-off ramp is almost finished.


CONTINUED...


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