Siemens to build wind turbine production plant in the UK

Siemens Energy is to build a new production plant for offshore wind turbines in the UK. With the new plant Siemens wants to meet the growing demand for wind turbines for British offshore projects.

Siemens Energy is to build a new production plant for offshore wind turbines in the UK. With the new plant Siemens wants to meet the growing demand for wind turbines for British offshore projects.

 

Siemens has already successfully implemented eleven projects with a combined capacity in excess of one gigawatt (GW), with more than half in the UK. In the future, the UK market will continue to grow significantly: From 2015, it is anticipated that more than 1000 wind turbines will be erected in British waters.

 

“With the new wind turbine production plant in the UK we’re pushing ahead with our strategy of investments in attractive growth markets for eco friendly technology. In the foreseeable future the wind power market in the UK will be characterised by major offshore projects, and we’ll extend our market leadership with the new production plant,” said Peter Löscher, President and CEO of Siemens AG.

 

In the Round 3 of the UK development program it is anticipated that offshore projects with a combined capacity of 32 GW will be implemented in the UK by 2020, which could meet a quarter of Britain’s power demand. At the beginning of the year, Siemens Financial Services secured the go-ahead together with Mainstream Renewable Power for development of the Hornsea 4-GW zone as part of Round 3.

 

“The British government has established attractive terms and conditions for investors in renewables. This applies in particular to offshore wind power,” said Andreas J. Goss, CEO of Siemens UK. “The planned production plant in the UK will create more than 700 new jobs. There will also be more new jobs in the area of logistics and at suppliers. We’re intending to make investments in the high double-digit million range.”

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