Praise for industry from Energy Minister who puts the spotlight on Humber investment

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Jun 2018

Energy Minister Claire Perry has urged the offshore wind industry to “keep up the fantastic work,” flagging up Siemens Gamesa’s investment in Hull.

Addressing Global Offshore Wind 2018 via a pre-recorded video after today’s House of Commons Brexit vote blighted her appearance, she said: “Offshore wind has been a brilliant success story for the UK in terms of renewables, but also in exploring opportunities overseas.

“We have the largest installed wind base now in the world, we have the world’s biggest wind farms opening, and they are bringing forward wind at a greater scale and cheaper price than we ever thought possible. That’s thanks to this great combination of policies, auctions and innovation, and to that we are saying thank you to you today out there in the industry.”

In the pre-record made on Monday, as renewables contributed to 20 per cent of the grid’s demands, she confused blades for turbines, but name-checked the Humber investment in the only geographical reference.

“Not only are you innovating, finding ways to drop costs and improve production in the UK, you are also investing in the supply chain so we have got factories being built in places like Humberside to produce turbines, we have great information management and a whole supply chain building up and you are now taking that globally and helping the world with its own offshore wind investments.

“It is a great success let’s keep it going. I’m sorry I can’t be there.”

There had been hopes for turbine build on the Humber, but it became purely blades after a huge investment by Siemens in Cuxhaven. Green Port Hull handles pre-assembly work, with special vessels bringing the manufactured elements across the North Sea, prior to installation in it.

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