STRABAG Offshore Wind GmbH, part of the European construction company STRABAG SE, has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding naming Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) as the preferred location for a major new UK production facility for the mass production of gravity-based foundations for the offshore wind sector.
The agreement will be of further benefit to the Humber as a centre for renewable energy in the UK. According to Able Executive Chairman Peter Stephenson the news demonstrates the huge potential for AMEP to become a catalyst for the stimulation of the UK low-carbon economy. AMEP covers 906 acres on the South Bank of the Humber and is orientated towards the manufacture, assembly and deployment of offshore wind technology, providing 1,279 metres of state-of-the-art quayside facilities. In total it will generate around 4,000 jobs with the STRABAG investment providing up to 500.
“It is, of course, good news for the development of AMEP, but it is equally significant for the Government’s ambitions to create a meaningful offshore wind supply chain on the east coast of the UK” said Peter Stephenson. “All aspects of our port development are designed specifically for the offshore renewable energy sector and it provides a unique opportunity for a truly integrated offshore wind cluster that will mitigate risks and costs on a major scale and, critically, increase UK content. AMEP has rightly been described by the Prime Minister as a ‘very important investment’ and there is no doubt that the coming few weeks are crucial with the planning determination for the development and further detail of the Government’s energy market reforms.”
AMEP is at the heart of the UK’s largest enterprise zone, the Able Humber Port development, which covers 2,135 acres with a river frontage of two and a half miles.
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