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Siemens chooses Hull for UK offshore factory

UK: Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP) have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an offshore wind turbine factory in Hull, north England.

Siemens' proposed wind turbine factory at Hull
Siemens' proposed wind turbine factory at Hull

They will work on plans for ABP’s proposed Green Port Hull development at Alexandra Dock. This will include a Siemens manufacturing and export facility for offshore turbines.

The parties aim to reach definitive agreements later this year.

In November, Siemens announced plans to build a development facility in northwest England, to test its next generation offshore wind turbine. The plant at Withington, south Manchester will be used to test a prototype 6MW offshore turbine.

Siemens has refused to divulge any details about the new product, other than it will have a 6MW capacity and will be direct drive.

According to reports and industry rumour, a prototype will be ready later this year. There is also speculation the turbine's capacity could be increased to a higher rating by the time it is ready for testing.

Siemens revealed plans to invest in a £50 million offshore factory in March. Thanks to the UK's investment in its 33GW offshore ambitions, manufacturers such as Clipper Windpower, Mitsubishi and GE have all announced plans to build factories in the country.

Siemens' announcement followed a similar move by Gamesa, which has unveiled proposals for a marine wind technology centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gamesa is also developing a memorandum of understanding with Scottish Enterprise, Dundee City Council and Forth Ports on a potential manufacturing, logistics and operations and maintenance base in Dundee.

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