PM: 'everything in place' for Siemens' Hull factory
THE Prime Minister says "everything has been put in place" to ensure Siemens' proposed offshore wind turbine factory is located in Hull.
Speaking to the Mail at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham yesterday, David Cameron said he was "very enthusiastic" about securing investment in the factory at Alexandra Dock in east Hull.
The £80 million business as part of the Green Port Hull development will employ about 800 people, with about 10,000 more jobs created in the wider renewables industry.
Mr Cameron said: "I've spoken to Siemens about this on two occasions.
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"I'm very enthusiastic about this. It's very important for Hull and I think the Humber is an area that could develop a real expertise in renewable energy.
"It's a major energy resource and I also think it's very important to have local sourcing of the turbines."
Hull East MP Karl Turner said he is pleased the Prime Minister is saying positive things about Siemens and Green Port Hull. He said: "He now needs to make reassurances to Siemens directly and confirm definitely that the Government is supportive of offshore wind energy.
"Recent mixed messages from the Government regarding its renewables policy didn't help us locally.
"We are doing all we can to secure this investment for the city and the region's future."
Last week, Mr Cameron launched Nortec, a network of more than 40 organisations – including Siemens – which will help develop a "new industrial revolution" in offshore energy.
He said: "I recently set out a long-term framework for offshore energy, so I'm very enthusiastic about it and everything has been put in place for that investment to go ahead."
Mr Cameron is the latest senior figure to stress his support for the Hull turbine factory.
Two weeks ago, Nick Clegg told the Mail that he and Business Secretary Vince Cable were working "flat out" to ensure it got the green light.
Sam Pick, of the Renewables Network, said he was encouraged by Mr Cameron's comments. He said: "It builds on a huge amount of positive momentum here in the region for Green Port Hull.
"This week will also see 35 Scandinavian companies come over as part of a trade mission to have a look at the plans for Green Port Hull and the facilities on the South Bank.
"They will be meeting 70 Humber businesses as part of the trip."
Andrew Morton, account director at Hull firm Footprint Renewables, echoed his thoughts.
He said: "It's great that someone as senior as the Prime Minister recognises the importance of the Green Port Hull scheme and bringing Siemens to the city.
"His comments will be extremely reassuring for the entire region and it's hoped that this project, which has the potential to create hundreds of jobs, can indeed come to our region very soon.
"One thing that has been constant ever since the prospect of this development was first mentioned, has been the support and work by politicians of all parties to see Hull as the home for this wind turbine plan."