Able UK Marine Park Approval Brings 4,000 Jobs
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
North Lincolnshire Able Marine Park is a £450 million renewable energy project that has the prospect of bringing 4,000 new jobs into the market with the approval to go ahead being granted by the government. This development will also include a further investment in the construction of a quay in nearby North Killinghorne, and will incorporate facilities onshore for both the transportation and manufacture of wind turbines that are destined for the North Sea offshore wind project. The Department of Transport has announced that full approval has been granted for the proposed Marine Park, and local Councillor of the North Lincolnshire Council, Liz Redfern has expressed her delight at the announcement. She added that Able UK had put in a tremendous amount of work to enable this development to be given the go-ahead.
Liz Redfern enthused about the magnitude of the opportunity which the development will afford the Humber Estuary, and that a turning point had been reached for the engineering and manufacturing industry of the UK. She says that this will bring revitalisation to the job market and the state of industry in the immediate area. She added that the Humber was now the largest enterprise area in the UK. She has said that the development will transform the area and its surrounds and that her council had pressed for the project to be approved as a top priority and that all of the hard work has paid dividends.
Able UK founder Peter Stephenson says that the project is akin to that of the Nissan development in the North East. The executive chairman continued that the Humber area is in an ideal location and proximity to supply some of the worlds’ largest offshore wind projects and that the company had a great deal to offer the emerging renewable energy resource, namely wind energy. He has thanked the North Lincolnshire Council for their untiring assistance and support in bringing this project to fruition. He added that the next step would be to begin consultation with a variety of investors and prospective contractors to get the Humber project off the ground.
Humber Local Enterprise Partnership under the chairmanship of Lord Haskins added their congratulations to Able UK saying that the project has had their support since its inception. He says that this project will make the Humber Estuary an extremely competitive area and that offshore wind had received a boost since the approval was made known. Lord Haskins said that the continued support from his Partnership would make offshore renewable energy and particularly the Humber area a world class leader in offshore wind resources. He is keen to see the project break ground as soon as possible. The Humber is being touted as the centre of offshore wind and the chairman of Bondholders, Peter Aarosin has also added that the Marine Park will establish the area both locally and internationally in the offshore wind market and the Marine renewable energy resources industry.
One quarter of the UK’s energy is already supplied in the region and with the Marine Park and Siemens Green Port Hull developments both having received approval the area is set to become a major enterprise zone, putting the Humber in the lead for the development of a potentially huge industry for Britain. The renewable energy sector is set to create scores of jobs and improve the economy of the region exponentially. Investments in the area are looking very attractive and the offshore wind farms will benefit from having Able UK in close proximity to the busiest port complex that has facilities for related fields of marine energy business and operations as well as training facilities and engineering skills that will build the Humber into a giant in the offshore wind renewable energy resources field.
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