Investment in the offshore wind supply chain will reach £ 900m in 2021

Significant investment announcements totaling more than £ 900 million were made this year – the highest since the industry arrived in the UK in 2000.

JDR Cables’ plans for a new £ 130 million facility in Northumberland followed a series of high profile investment decisions as deployment targets were raised and accelerated as part of a green recovery with higher demand for domestic content across the supply chain.

The number, released after analysis by RenewableUK, will be celebrated at the opening of the Trade Association’s Global Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition in London.

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Dan McGrail, CEO of RenewableUK, who was instrumental in developing Siemens Gamesa’s rotor blade factory in Hull – itself doubling capacity as one of the major projects – said: “This record year with investments of over £ 900 million in large UK offshore Wind turbines shows that the 2020s will be the decade of supplies for the UK offshore wind sector.

“The offshore wind industry is delivering on its commitments to create tens of thousands of jobs and attract billions in investment in state-of-the-art factories across the country. 26,000 people already work in the sector and it is expected to increase to 69,000.” in the next five years.

“The government plays an important role in securing supply chain investments by providing strategic funding support to achieve the green economy this country needs. This new funding to develop world-class offshore wind hubs in ports like Teesside and Humber is a clear example of the balance in action. “

Dan McGrail and the manufacturing facility for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy that he brought to Hull.

JDR creates 170 jobs in Cambois near Blyth and secures 270 jobs in the cable manufacturer’s existing plant in Hartlepool.

It follows GE’s million pound plans to convert a former steel mill site in Teesside into a high-tech turbine blade manufacturing facility in March and create 750 direct jobs.

£ 75 million has also been allocated to Able Marine Energy Park on the South Humber Bank.

That was in July, as did Smulders Projects UK with a £ 70m pledge to make huge transition pieces for offshore wind turbines at its Wallsend, Newcastle site, which will secure up to 325 direct jobs.

Siemens Gamesa’s announcement followed in August that it would spend £ 186 million to double the size of its offshore wind turbine factory in Hull and create 200 direct jobs. The work has started.

Also in August, GRI Renewable Industries announced plans to invest £ 78 million in an offshore wind turbine tower factory, also in Able Marine Energy Park, and create 260 jobs.

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