New stage for renewables

Siemens has appointed leading UK contractor VolkerFitzpatrick to build its wind turbine blade factory in Hull.

Siemens said VolkerFitzpatrick’s bid was the most competitive and robust proposal for construction of the 40,000 sqm facility. Construction began in August, with the factory scheduled to be completed in Autumn 2016, to allow for the production of the first blades by the end of 2016. Around 200 jobs will be created during construction.

The facility will accommodate the manufacture of 75m turbine blades and the assembly, maintenance, storage and distribution of wind turbine components. The contract also involves the construction of office accommodation and welfare facilities.

Shaun Cray, Siemens’ General Manager, Real Estate and Construction, for the Hull project, said VolkerFitzpatrick had been chosen from an exceptionally strong shortlist of contractors.

He said: “VolkerFitzpatrick presented the most competitive and robust bid, with strong environmental and health and safety processes, a highly experienced project team and track record to deliver the project.

“A further key factor in VolkerFitzpatrick’s selection is their commitment to a significant proportion of local and regional suppliers and sub-contractors, with the entire supply chain within the UK.”

VolkerFitzpatrick Managing Director Richard Offord added: “This facility is a key element in establishing a new renewable energy industry in the UK, creating employment and wealth for the region.”

Issue 124 September 2015