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City leaders have welcomed the start of work on Europe’s largest offshore wind facility at Hull’s Alexandra Dock.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, the Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said:

“Today’s event at Alexandra Dock is a major milestone in a journey that began early in 2011. It marks a historic day for our city, for Siemens and for the UK’s renewable energy industry.

“This investment by Siemens is likely to be the single biggest influence on the local economy for generations, creating over 1,000 new jobs along with a wealth of opportunity for local people and business.

“It cements Hull’s role at the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary and will be a catalyst for further growth and investment throughout our region and across the North of England.

“Along with other major developments in our City Plan – including our status as UK City of Culture – it is also is a symbol of Hull’s changing fortunes.  Hull is on the up – and Siemens and all of the partners have played a crucial part in that. 

“The impact of this development on our city and our region will be nothing short of transformational.”

Councillor Bayes, who has responsibility for the finalisation of the Green Port proposals said:

“Thanks to the commitment and hard work from all the partners involved, Europe’s largest offshore wind facility is now set to rise out of ground on Alexandra Dock, which casts off its historic role a major player in the shipment of coal to a new future at the heart of the UK’s green energy industry.

“The Council is absolutely determined to make the most of this development in terms of the benefits it will bring to local people and the city as a whole.”