Siemens chooses Hull for wind turbine plant generating 700 jobs
24 May 2011

German engineering conglomerate Siemens has selected Associated British Port's (ABP) Hull development to build what will be Britain's first major offshore wind turbine manufacturing plant.

The decision means that ABP is in line to receive about £20m for the development from the government's ports upgrade fund, which energy secretary Chris Huhne fought to save from the spending cuts in October's comprehensive spending review. Siemens' proposed plant will also create about 700 jobs and the news will be a boost for Hull, which has beaten off competition from ports in Teesside, Sunderland and the Humber which had also been shortlisted for the project.

Question: Industry sources estimate that the proportion of UK-sourced components in onshore wind farms is as low as 6%. So why are companies bemoaning the missed opportunity for British manufacturers and the wider economy as vast sums are now being spent on renewable energy?