Categories: Hull, NewsPublished On: 18.09.2020619 words3.1 min read

The head of Able UK has today predicted that the Able Marine Energy Park is ready to become a ‘a vital part of the brave new world’ of offshore wind as one of the world’s leading pipe manufacturers confirmed its intention to establish a monopile production facility on the South Bank of the Humber, potentially creating around 400 jobs.

Monopiles, which are driven into the seabed, provide the foundations for offshore wind turbines and currently there are no production facilities in the UK. The Korean manufacturer SeAH has signed an exclusive Memorandum of Understanding with Able UK to use the Able Marine Energy Park development.
Said Able UK’s Executive Chairman Peter Stephenson “The offshore wind sector is potentially on the cusp of something very special. We have a clear and unambiguous policy from Whitehall through the Sector Deal in the Industrial Strategy, and the increasingly demanding targets for both power generation and the extent of UK content. Combine this with the sector’s extraordinary efforts in terms of developing new products and significantly reducing costs and the sector is set to become a dominant factor in a post Covid-19 UK economy.
“However, to make the most of this ‘brave new world’, and to deliver 60 percent UK content we must act now to capitalise on this singular, but time-limited opportunity. The Able Marine Energy Park can and will play a vital role in this process to, first and foremost, provide purpose-built heavy-duty deep-water quays and, just as crucially, a large expanse of adjacent supporting hinterland (353 acres).
“Unless we can put in place these key building blocks the status quo will prevail and the aspirations to maximise UK activity will be further diminished.
“SeAH are one of a number of manufacturers with whom we are at similar stages of negotiation. SeAH have fully embraced the concept of establishing a new ‘world-scale’ industrial cluster for offshore wind on the Humber and with it the overarching strength of the UK’s offshore wind sector. Subject to our receiving the necessary support the first quays will be available towards the end of 2022, to coincide with the needs of both manufacturers and the developers of the offshore wind farms”
Hyungkun Nam, SeAH’s Chief Executive, summarised their position, “The UK has the strongest market and we intend to play an important role in the ongoing development of the offshore wind sector. We recognise the considerable opportunity to be the first significant UK based monopile supplier and partnering with the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP), and with it ABLE, as a company with such a credible track record, as the sole partner with whom we wish to progress matters. That is why we have signed an exclusive Memorandum of Understanding with ABLE as we seek to bring to reality what would be a significant investment with an initial annual capacity of 162,000 tons, and rising up to 320,000 tons and the prospect of providing around 400 new jobs.
Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council welcomed the news:
“This news is a significant boost for the prospects of this site becoming a major economic force locally, regionally and nationally. The Government has signaled its intention to support the North and is demonstrating a commitment to ensure sustainability, security and value for money in the energy markets for homes and industry. This is set alongside the Government’s ambitions to make the UK even more attractive to environmental global investment.
The latest announcement comes in the wake of Government cash through the Greater Lincolnshire LEP to develop a multi-million-pound pumping station – a critical piece of the jigsaw to enable site development while protecting homes and businesses.” . . . .
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