Huge port development to create thousands of jobs

Huge port development to create thousands of jobs

Huge port development to create thousands of jobs

A huge port development in North Lincolnshire is set to create thousands of jobs following a huge government investment.

A £4.3m Government grant has been allocated to secure land for the Able Marine Energy Park.

If it goes ahead, the development will see 1,389 metres of new deep-water quays built at a site in North Killingholme.

900 acres of land are available for development, and full planning permission has already been granted by North Lincolnshire Council.

The energy park is being designed to meet the requirements of the offshore renewable energy industry.

It would provide facilities for the manufacture, storage, assembly and deployment of next generation offshore wind turbines.

The project has received a £4.3 million boost from the Government’s Getting Building Fund.

Monies will be used for drainage and flood defence works on the South Humber Bank.

A larger £25.8m has been awarded to support the delivery of infrastructure projects, boost economic growth.

It is also intended to help the local economy recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Discussing the project, Councillor Rob Waltham said:

“This is a significant commitment from the Government towards delivering a new port facility in North Lincolnshire.

“We have been working closely with Able over the last few months, to understand the new market opportunities that are opening up in this sector in order to secure the prospective development of a new marine energy park.

“This is hopefully just the beginning, we and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership are fully committed to supporting the process of economic development and potential that could come from a off-shore marine energy park in our area.

“This project delivers business investment on a significant site that could unlock skills, jobs and investment here in the North, helping to transform the local economy, whilst also bringing jobs to local residents from the Scunthorpe and Grimsby areas.

“The Able Marine Energy Park has the potential to unlock the renewables sector in North Lincolnshire, supporting the Government’s ambitions for clean growth, providing a much needed, more resilient sustainable economic future for North Lincolnshire.

“The pumping station and drainage works are vital for the scheme’s success and the wider development and sustainability of businesses on the South Humber Bank too.

“The plans were ready to go and I am delighted that the Government has recognised the ability to deliver on this transformational development will have a major impact local, regionally and nationally.

“This project provides a significant opportunity towards attracting and retaining highly skilled jobs to the area and will be a key driver for economic growth and prosperity for decades to come.”

It is hoped that the thousands of additional skilled jobs created by the development could help to transform the local economy.

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