Siemens Gamesa make space at Alexandra Dock blade facility available to developers

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Oct 2017

Manufacturing space at the Siemens Games a facility in Alexandra Dock is available to developers, it has now been revealed.

Siemens Gamesa have confirmed that while they have not marketed space at the port site where they build wind turbine blades they are open to enquiries from developers.

The decision to offer other developers access to its Hull site is seen within the industry as another boost for the growth of the offshore wind industry in the Humber, and particularly Hull.

The Siemens Gamesa factory was opened in September 2016 and produced their first complete wind turbines earlier this year. They have had a full order book since opening and say they hope to expand into the currently unused areas of the site.

Siemens Gamesa blade factory

Jerome Ellerby

As part of their contract with ABP ports, Siemens would be able to allow developers to utilise the unused part of the site. However, Siemens Gamesa say they have hopes expand their manufacturing into those areas at some point in the future.

Guy Dorrell from Siemens confirmed that Siemens were not working at full capacity in the factory and there was an area made available for ‘future proofing’.

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He said: “In the contract it must be used for renewable energy industry, but we do have extra capacity at the present. At the minute we are using around two thirds or three quarters of the site.

“The main reason for the extra area is future proofing and we will be looking to utilise that looking forward. We have a full order book for the next two years and after that may be looking to see if we can use the extra capacity.

“In terms of ABP's lease as long as they are in renewable industries it could be used, but we are not actively looking for businesses."

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Renews has reported that there are plans to offer developers access to a full marshalling and pre-assembly port at the site, but Seimens have said that while they are open to enquiries the unused site has not been offered out or put on the market.

The arrival of Siemens in Hull and the opening of its factory have brought great benefits in terms of direct employment and in terms of supply chain activity, and other renewables businesses have reacted positively.

David Elcombe, the CEO of TRG Wind, says that it is good news for Hull because it further strengthens the city’s position in the industry with the prospect of increased activity which will also bring benefits to other businesses in the city.

David Elcombe, CEO of TRG Wind, said: “This is excellent news for Hull and the Humber region. Siemens Gamesa have already contributed a fantastic amount to the Humber region and this forward thinking move will allow a greater volume of work to be performed in Hull.

“That in turn will have a tremendously positive effect on the local jobs market and local supply chain businesses and help to cement Humber as the number one spot for UK offshore wind.”

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