GRI Renewable Industries welcomed to the Humber in huge double investment

Key stakeholders have welcomed another huge investment at Able Marine Energy Park as further details emerge of the £266 million public and private investment in the Humber.

Spanish turbine tower specialist GRI Renewable Industries is heading to the North Killingholme site as part of a double-header that has seen Siemens Gamesa commit to its Hull expansion too.

The company, founded in 2008, has a global presence, with the Humber bank selected as its new UK manufacturing base. A memorandum of understanding has been signed, with government support pledged.

Read more: Huge Humber offshore wind boost as TWO new manufacturing developments to create more than 500 jobs

A total of 4,000 employees build more than 2,000 towers a year across several global sites and the company is now going to play a key role in the UK’s continued expansion.

More than 300 jobs have been flagged with investment of £78 million heading in from Madrid.

GRI Renewable Industries’ tower operations at work.

It plans to start production with 100 offshore towers a year, using 100,000 tonnes of steel.

The company, with sales of £593 million in 2020, said AMEP was selected as “this site is expected to become the largest and most relevant marshalling port for offshore wind in the UK”.

Development at the site will be overseen from the company’s Seville plant.

Peter Stephenson, Able Group’s executive chairman, said: “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.

“This, in addition to recent similar announcements with respect to AMEP and SeAH, is positive proof that Government policies are working and incentivising key developments as we move towards significantly increased UK content and towards establishing a world-class new industrial cluster on the Humber.”

Further additions for the ‘big space in the right place’ are understood to be close too, with the long-awaited quaysides having also received a £75 million grant earlier this year.

Peter Stephenson, executive chairman of Able Group.
Peter Stephenson, executive chairman of Able Group.

As part of work around the UK Sector Deal for offshore wind, domestic content requirements have been lifted to ensure economic benefit as well as green electricity.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council and chair of the Humber Leader’s Board, said: “This latest Government backing for the world-leading offshore wind manufacturing industry is further evidence of the confidence in the sector and the region.

“I am looking forward to welcoming GRI here. They are a global company with 16 factories around the world and I am delighted they have chosen North Lincolnshire for their new UK base.

GRI Renewable Industries welcomed to the Humber in huge double investment

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“This latest development will create even more, well-paid sustainable jobs – helping to create a more prosperous future.

“This is further evidence of the critical part that this area – including across the Humber and through Greater Lincolnshire – will play in the UK’s recovery and renewal.”

Hull’s blade plant will double in size as part of the funding go-ahead announced today, Monday, August 9. Siemens Gamesa is investing £186 million, with both receiving backing from the Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support scheme.

Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council.
Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council.

RenewableUK chief executive, Dan McGrail, was part of the team that helped land the initial investment as a Siemens executive, before joining the leading trade body.

He said: “These two key announcements are a massive boost for the Humber region and provide further proof that the UK’s cutting-edge offshore wind supply chain is scaling up at a terrific pace, creating job opportunities in coastal communities which need levelling up. This is what Boris Johnson’s Green Industrial Revolution looks like in action and the Government is backing offshore wind manufacturing in the UK to the hilt.

“Today’s news comes as the UN publishes a landmark report warning that the world must ramp up the speed and scale of action against climate change as a matter of urgency. To achieve this, the renewable energy industry is working with the Government to maximise the number of jobs in our thriving clean energy sector, including exporting our cutting-edge products and services around the world, as the UK is a global leader in clean energy technology.”

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