North Lincolnshire Council welcomes the recent announcement from ABP that will allow work on the £450m Able Marine Energy Park to get started; in turn creating over 4,000 local jobs.
The go-ahead signals the beginning of this spectacular development that will be the biggest offshore wind manufacturing facility in Europe, bringing much-needed local jobs (around 4,000) and investment to the area.
The Able Marine Energy Park - on land near North Killingholme - will manufacture and supply turbines to huge offshore wind farms.
Together with the Able Logistics Park, which has already been given planning consent, this will represent a total investment of £550m and the creation of almost 10,000 jobs.
Councillor Liz Redfern (pictured), Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It has been a very protracted process, but at last we have some fantastic news. Nothing else should be allowed to stand in the way of this development that will see North Lincolnshire become the centre for UK offshore wind. It will initially create over 4,000 direct jobs in just a few short years. As well as attracting brand new industry into the South Humber Bank, it will also provide new growth opportunities for our manufacturing and engineering sectors. We are already engaging with local businesses to look at maximising job and training opportunities throughout this development.
“The Humber UTC will work closely with Able UK, and play a major role in ensuring that engineers of the future have the necessary skills and training needed for jobs in the engineering and renewables industries.
“I am delighted that ABP’s Director for the Humber has recognised Able UK’s commitment to the offshore wind industry, and that the Humber Estuary has a great opportunity to lead the UK’s developing offshore wind and renewable energy industry.”