Siemens is to invest £160 million in building wind turbine production and installation facilities at two sites in Yorkshire.
The two Siemens sites at Green Port Hull and nearby Paull in the East Riding of Yorkshire are due to be operational in 2016, with construction work starting this autumn.
The UK now has 22 offshore wind farms currently operational, five under construction, nine with planning consent and nne awaiting approval.
And Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of UK Renewables – a wind-ustry trade organisation said: “The renewables industry has now installed 3,653MW (megawatts) of wind energy in UK waters – enough to power more than two and a half million homes. A further 14,763MW is in the pipeline – more than four times the capacity we have now.
“Major developments like today’s announcement from Siemens will help us to retain the UK’s global lead in offshore wind, as we already have more capacity installed than the rest of the world put together. The rest of the world is eyeing us enviously, wanting a slice of the action. Now we know that a substantial part of that action will be undertaken by British workers in a major industrial renaissance on British shores.
“This is a major coup for the British wind industry – it’s the green-collar jobs game-changer that we’ve been waiting for. Attracting a major international company like Siemens to the UK, creating 1,000 jobs manufacturing turbines at two sites in Yorkshire, proves that we can bring the industrial benefits of offshore wind to Britain.
“The British offshore wind industry already employs more than 12,800 people in direct and indirect jobs. Our research shows that within the next 10 years, that number could rise to as many as 44,000 jobs. By 2030, the UK offshore wind sector will need dozens of factories making innovative, hi-tech blades, turbine towers, cables and offshore substations. This is a massive economic growth area for UK plc – a clean energy industry for the future.”