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Gallery: Green Port Hull construction ceremony

UK: Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey attended a ceremony to mark the start of construction at Siemens' £310 million (€405 million) Green Port Hull facility in northeast England.

  • Left to Right: Siemens' Offshore CEO Michael Hannibal, Energy secretary Ed Davey, Siemens UK chief executive Juergen Maier

    Left to Right: Siemens' Offshore CEO Michael Hannibal, Energy secretary Ed Davey, Siemens UK chief executive Juergen Maier

  • Left to Right: Green Port Hull project director Finbarr Dowling, Hannibal, Davey, Maier, and Siemens Head of Offshore Wind UK Clark MacFarlane

    Left to Right: Green Port Hull project director Finbarr Dowling, Hannibal, Davey, Maier, and Siemens Head of Offshore Wind UK Clark MacFarlane

  • Companies can invest in the UK with

    Companies can invest in the UK with "real confidence", said Ed Davey

  • Hull has a great history and now has

    Hull has a great history and now has "a great future", said MacFarlane

  • Juergen Maier presented Davey with a commemorative picture for the day

    Juergen Maier presented Davey with a commemorative picture for the day

  • Ed Davey and Juergen Maier at the event in Hull

    Ed Davey and Juergen Maier at the event in Hull

  • Siemens executives, government officials, MPs and local councillors attended the official start of construction

    Siemens executives, government officials, MPs and local councillors attended the official start of construction

  • Changing landscape: The Green Port Hull site will have a blade manufacturing facility, and will be used to assemble turbines

    Changing landscape: The Green Port Hull site will have a blade manufacturing facility, and will be used to assemble turbines

  • Two years hence: Full production at the site in northeast England is expected in 2017

    Two years hence: Full production at the site in northeast England is expected in 2017

  • Coastal: Over 200,000 square metres of the site will be filled in or reclaimed from the water

    Coastal: Over 200,000 square metres of the site will be filled in or reclaimed from the water

  • Davey said the day was his

    Davey said the day was his "equal best day" as energy secretary

  • Siemens and the Associated British Ports will jointly invest £310 million in Green Port Hull

    Siemens and the Associated British Ports will jointly invest £310 million in Green Port Hull

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Davey was joined by Siemens executives, local MPs and councillors and other industry figures as construction officially started at the site. 

The construction of buildings for the blade manufacturing and wind turbine assembly facilities is due to begin this summer. Production of blades for its SWT-6.0-154 turbine is set to begin by the end of 2016.

Davey said, "It marks the beginning of a new industry based here and exporting worldwide."

Siemens expects to employ 1,000 people at the site, which will have the capacity to produce 600 blades a year for the UK and European offshore markets.

The first project that will use the facilities will be Statoil and Statkraft's 402MW Dudgeon, off the Norfolk coast, it was announced at the ceremony. Siemens will use the factory and quayside for part of the installation of the 6MW turbines.

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