Fly like the wind1 July 2022
JASO Industrial Cranes takes part in an ambitious project to double the size of Siemens Gamesa’s factory thanks to the rapid development of the offshore wind industry
JASO Industrial Cranes has partnered with Siemens Gamesa to supply cranes, cantilever cranes and a semi-gantry to its factory in Hull, the largest offshore wind manufacturing facility in the UK.
The company is currently expanding and will double its size to 77,600 square meters by 2023, with the aim of manufacturing new generation blades, of a larger size.
JASO Industrial Cranes will participate in this ambitious project with the design, production, supply, assembly and commissioning of: 6 EOT cranes of 90 tons and 39.9 metre span; 2 EOT cranes of 25 tons and 21.8 metre span; 2 EOT cranes of 63 tons and 36.2 metre span; 20 cantilever cranes of 2.5 tons and 11.6 metre span and 1 semi-gantry of 4 tons and 5.9 m span.
Siemens Gamesa will expand its offshore blade factory by 41,600 square meters, more than doubling the size of the manufacturing facilities, investing £186m in the project, creating 200 jobs to the approximately 1,000 person-workforce already in place.
“Since our offshore blade factory opened in Hull in 2016, Siemens Gamesa has proudly served as the catalyst for the powerful growth the area has seen. The rapid development of the offshore wind industry – and continued, strong, long-term support provided by the UK government for offshore wind – has enabled us to power ahead with confidence when making these plans. We’re committed to unlocking the potential of wind energy around the globe, with solutions from Hull playing a vital role,” said Marc Becker, CEO, Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.
“Siemens Gamesa continues to be the leading supplier of offshore wind turbine technology in the world’s leading offshore wind market, the UK. Through safe, efficient, and reliable manufacturing, over 1,500 blades from Hull have been delivered to customers worldwide. We’re very much looking forward to adding to this capacity in the future.”
Manufacturing of other offshore wind turbine blade types already in the Siemens Gamesa Hull factory pipeline will continue while the expansion is constructed. In total, Siemens Gamesa has an offshore wind power order backlog of €9.4 billion as announced during its Q3 FY21 results presentation on July 30, 2021.
Clark MacFarlane, MD, Siemens Gamesa UK added: “The UK Government has provided strong and consistent support for offshore wind, having committed to a further 30 GW installed this decade, three times the current installed capacity. This underlines the commitment the UK Government has made since the Offshore Sector Deal was unveiled in early 2019.”