The Humber, coined as ‘The Energy Estuary’, is leading the UK renewables sector with a collective of over £300million being invested through Siemens, ABP and the development of Greenport Hull. With investments in wind, tidal, biofuels and renewable energy, the region is building on its credentials in chemicals, offshore and marine engineering and exploring opportunities to capitalise on the global demand for sustainable energy.
One third of the UK’s fuel is refined on the Humber and we are number one for biofuel production. We import one third of the UK’s coal, one fifth of the UK’s natural gas and produce 17% of the UK’s electricity.
Between 2015 and 2020 DONG Energy will have invested a colossal £6billion, including the development of the world’s largest Offshore Wind Farm right here in the Humber. This will support an average of 1,600 construction jobs per year and an estimated 500 long-term jobs could be created in the company’s operations and maintenance activity post 2020.
Expertise in all aspects of energy production, storage and handling continues to develop within the Humber, not only in industry developments (such as the new Vivergo Bio-fuels plant) but also at the University of Hull where energy is a key academic and research theme. The University and industry regularly work in collaboration, developing projects such as novel tidal generation devices, assessing the environmental impacts of energy production and understanding offshore renewables supply chains.
Very significant growth is expected in this sector which will continue to significantly enhance the economy of the Humber.