A new factory that will create hundreds of jobs is due to be developed by a Spanish wind turbine and industrial wind components manufacturer at Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP). The memorandum of understanding was signed between GRI Renewable Industries and Able UK to build a factory for the manufacture and supply of wind towers.
“We are proud to participate in this major project to power British homes and communities with wind energy towards sustainability and carbon neutrality. This project will create a worldwide leader in the offshore sector in a market that is increasingly demanding and constantly evolving,” said Jon Riberas, chairman and chief executive at GRI.
The facility would initially supply initially 100 offshore towers per year, equivalent to 100,000 tons of steel. The total investment will reach about €100m (£8m) and is expected to create more than 300 direct jobs.
“We are delighted to see, and be part of, the considerable progress that GRI is making. We have enjoyed a longstanding and productive relationship with GRI and their development of the UK’s first large scale offshore wind tower production plant represents a major opportunity for the Humber, UK and the wider offshore wind sector,” added Peter Stephenson, executive chairman at The Able Group.
Moreover, the UK Government has guaranteed subsidies to support the project.
“With its close proximity to some of the world’s largest offshore wind farms and strong skills base, the Humber region is vitally important for the growth of British offshore wind and is at the heart of our green recovery,” said Business & Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.
“This joint investment from government and GRI’s will give a boost to this important industrial heartland, creating and supporting hundreds of good quality jobs across the region while ensuring it on the frontline of developing the next generation of wind turbine towers.”