Wind turbine giant has Siemens announced that it is to sign a memorandum of understanding with Associated British Ports to set up an offshore wind turbine manufacturing and export facility at Alexandra Dock, Port of Hull.

The investment is expected to create hundreds of green jobs at the site, with thousands more in the associated supply chains.

Welcoming the investment, Dr. Gordon Edge, RenewableUK Director of Policy, said:

This is great news not just for Hull, but for the wider Humber region and the rest of the UK. RenewableUK estimate that with the establishment of a strong offshore wind manufacturing base, the wind industry can create 60,000 jobs in the UK by 2020.

The Prime Minister David Cameron has also now officially confirmed he is to back plans to explore the linking up of green energy projects in the North, Baltic and Irish Seas. RenewablesUK spokesperson Gordon Edge said:

The Supergrid, developed on the back of the expansion of the North Sea’s offshore wind programme, will connect geographically diverse renewable sources into a trans-European grid, improving grid management and boosting Europe’s energy security,”.