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The Humber’s competitive advantages for offshore wind are being showcased to visitors to a major offshore wind conference and exhibition this week.  The Humber LEP has brought together businesses and local authorities to sell the area for trade and investment on a dedicated Humber Renewables exhibition stand, the fourth joint presence it has organised at a major event in the last year.

The Humber’s strength in the burgeoning Renewables sector was well documented in The Times Humber supplement, initially published in April and being distributed at the conference.  The Humber’s importance is highlighted by Centrica who have invested in wind farms in theNorth Seaand says “The Humber had never been more important to us as a business.”

Visitors will hear how theHumberis progressing to create one of the world’s largest renewable energy manufacturers, thanks to the key advantages of being:

  1. Closest to all three of the UK’s largest planned offshore wind farms
  2. The UK’s largest development sites adjacent to deep water ports,
  3. Offering Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their supply chains the opportunity to co-locate to make cost reductions on a major scale.

Grimsby, right at the mouth of theHumber, is already established as an operations and maintenance base and is servicing Rounds 1 and 2 offshore wind farms through Centrica, RES and Siemens who have elected to locate here.

Green Port Hull and Able Marine Energy Park are being developed to attract wind turbine manufacturers together with their supply chains. These two sites are part of the UK’s largest Enterprise Zone, offering fast track planning and tax breaks, as well as being designated a Core Centre of Renewable Engineering in the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan.

Humber LEP Manager Richard Kendall said: “We continue to have an impressive presence at major renewables exhibitions, which is helping to strengthen the Humber’s growing reputation in this sector.  We are seeing growing interest in the Humber from visitors to the event.”

The exhibition stand includes representatives from the Humber LEP, Humber local authorities, Team Humber Marine Alliance, Grimsby Renewables Partnership as well as 12 companies from the region.

Over 3,000 participants are expected at Renewable UK’s 12th Annual Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition, where delegates are encouraged to share ideas, network and do business with some of the leading companies in the offshore wind market.  Delegates can visit the Humber on stand 91.