25 March 2014

Siemens to invest €190mn in new offshore production facilities in Great Britain

Hamburg – 25 March 2014 - Siemens is investing more than EUR190 million (GBP160 million) in new offshore production facilities in Great Britain. Production of rotor blades for offshore wind turbines of the 6-megawatt class is planned, with a new logistics- and service centre slated for Hull. 

Siemens and its British partner Associated British Ports (ABP) will be investing a total of EUR371 million (GBP310 million) at the project sites. These investments will bolster the strong offshore market in Great Britain and will likewise stimulate the country's job market: 1,000 will be created directly, with 550 of these in rotor blade production and 450 in Green Port Hull. Other jobs will follow in the construction industry and emerge indirectly in the supply industry.

The offshore wind market in Great Britain has high growth rates, with an even greater potential for the future. Wind power capacity has doubled here within two years, to roughly 10 gigawatts. By 2020, a capacity of 14 gigawatts is to be installed at sea alone to combine the country's environmental objectives with secure power supply. Projects for just over 40 gigawatts are currently in the long-term planning. 

Siemens is a leading supplier for wind turbines, grid connection and service for onshore and offshore sites in Great Britain. The company has installed more than 2,200 turbines onshore and offshore there in the world's most significant wind power market with a total capacity of more than 5,000 megawatts. Hence, around half of the wind power capacity installed in Great Britain is equipped with cutting-edge technology from Siemens. Siemens has a workforce of around 14,000 in Great Britain, 1,500 of which are employed in the British wind power business.

Green Port Hull is scheduled to take up operations at the beginning of 2016, with commencement of rotor production scheduled for the summer of 2016. Full capacity of the factory is to be reached starting at mid-2017. 

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a broad spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2013 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR26.6 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR28.8 billion and posted a profit of approximately EUR2 billion. On September 30, 2013, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 83,500. 

Source: Siemens