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266 million pound investment helps manufacturing industry

Over 1,340 jobs will be created and protected across the Humber region thanks to 266 million pounds of UK government and private sector investment. It will focus on developing the next-generation wind turbines, as the UK works to ensure more manufacturers help to grow and nurture a strong, world-class offshore wind manufacturing base in the UK, attracting vital investment and ramping up export opportunities.

Offshore wind manufacturers Siemens Gamesa and GRI Renewable Industries will receive grant funding from the 160 million pounds offshore wind manufacturing investment support scheme, to further develop manufacturing facilities in the region. Both companies will be supplying essential components to offshore wind farms providing clean power across the UK, as well as for export around the world.

With it’s close proximity to some of the world’s largest offshore wind farms and strong skills base, the Humber region is vitally important for the growth of the British offshore wind industry and is at the heart of our green recovery,” Kwasi Kwarteng, business and energy secretary, said. “This investment will create and support thousands of jobs across the region while ensuring it is on the frontline of developing the next generation of offshore wind turbines.”

Siemens Gamesa will invest a total of £186 million to expand its blade manufacturing site located near Hull, creating and safeguarding up to 1,080 direct jobs. As a result of the investment, the company will be able to manufacture the next generation of offshore wind turbines and blades greater than 100 meters.

“Siemens Gamesa has proudly served as the catalyst for the powerful growth the area has seen,” Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit, said. “The rapid development of the offshore wind industry has enabled us to power ahead with unlocking the potential of wind energy around the globe.”

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