Siemens' Hull blade factory to come online earlier than planned

Siemens is set to start producing offshore wind turbine blades in Hull two months earlier than planned after unprecedented interest from its customers.

The business was originally set to take possession of its factory at east Hull's Alexandra Dock on November 1 next year.

However, contractor VolkerFitzpatrick has now been set a handover date of September 1, 2016. The first blades are likely to roll off the production line the following year.

It means the 1,000 wind turbine technician jobs available for Hull workers must be filled earlier than expected.

Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside this morning, Siemens' Hull project director Finbarr Dowling said: Things are going so well we're planning now to open the factory two months earlier.

"The challenge there, of course, is we have to accelerate everything forwards – recruiting the people, training them earlier, but the demand is there.

"If we can build it earlier, why not do it?"

The new timetable was agreed after the German energy giant was named as preferred supplier for several major UK wind farms.

They include Hornsea Project One, a scheme which will power 800,000 homes using up to 171 turbines.

Earlier this month, Siemens revealed details of some of the wind jobs it will be offering.


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