Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, visited Siemens Blade Factory in Hull with a delegation of Ministers from Vietnam as part of his work as the Trade Envoy to the country.
Siemens Gamesa, who operate Siemens Blade Factory, is a world leader in the offshore wind industry. The factory is the largest offshore wind manufacturing facility in the UK and just last year Siemens announced its plans for a £186 million investment project to more than double the size of its manufacturing facilities in Hull by 2023. This investment will create 200 new jobs and ensure that Yorkshire and the Humber continues to lead the way in helping the UK to reach Net Zero by 2050.
During their visit Graham and the group of delegates were given a tour of the Blade Factory and shown how the 80+ meter blades are manufactured. Graham and the delegation also learnt about key policy interventions and government support which facilitated investment into the Offshore Wind sector such as the Contract For Difference and Feed in Tariff.
Tweeting about the delegation’s visit, the British Ambassador to Vietnam, Ambassador Đại sứ Gareth Ward, wrote: “I am pleased that the Vietnamese Ministerial delegation in the UK for trade talks are visiting a wind turbine factory in Hull with Graham Stuart MP. Offshore wind equals innovation, jobs and energy security.”
Following the visit Graham said: “It was great to welcome the delegation of Vietnamese Ministers to Hull to show them how the investment and innovation of companies such as Siemens are helping the UK to produce cleaner energy and create new jobs in Yorkshire and the Humber.”