RenewableUK: Hull Factory Opening Marks New Era for Britain’s Offshore Wind Industry

first_imgRenewableUK says today’s official opening of Siemens’ new offshore wind plant in Hull represents a major stride forward for Britain’s rapidly-expanding offshore wind sector.RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal, who is attending today’s ceremony, said: “Innovative, large-scale manufacturing for Britain’s offshore wind industry, as Siemens are doing here in Hull, is a key part of our nation’s modern industrial strategy”.“It’s great to see a major international company building on Yorkshire’s proud manufacturing history. Siemens is one of many trailblazers investing in this sector right across the UK. Offshore wind developers are committed to maximising the amount of locally-made kit in their projects, to ensure that we all reap the economic benefits of renewable energy – including opportunities to export, capitalising on Britain’s global lead in offshore wind”.The £310 million redevelopment of Alexandra Dock by Siemens and Associated British Ports will create 1,000 jobs, some 700 of which have already been filled by local people. The site, which is the size of 78 football pitches, includes a factory which will manufacture blades 75 meters long and a dockside plant assembling turbine towers 82 meters tall.“The offshore wind industry is bringing well over £20 billion in investment to the UK over the course of this decade, creating thousands of new jobs, from apprentices taking their first steps into high-tech, to experienced workers making the transition from the oil and gas sector into renewables”, McNeal said.Within the last few weeks, JDR Cables in Hartlepool announced that it has won a major contract to design and manufacture subsea power cables for what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, off the coast of East Yorkshire. In Belfast, Harland and Wolff secured a significant deal to supply steel foundations to a project off the Suffolk coast. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind on the Isle of Wight has announced it is recruiting 70 extra workers to manufacture turbine blades. CS Wind based in Campbeltown in Scotland is recruiting 160 more staff supplying turbine towers for Siemens as well as other international companies, RenewableUK highlighted.last_img read more

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OverActive Media launches Montreal academy team

first_imgOverActive Media has partnered with Mirage Sport Électronique to launch an esports team in Montreal.The team will compete in Overwatch Contenders as the official academy team of Overwatch League franchise Toronto Defiant. Photo credit: OverActive MediaOverActive Media is the parent company of Splyce and owns Toronto Defiant, one of eight expansion teams to join Activision Blizzard’s league during the off season.Chris Overholt, President and CEO of OverActive Media discussed the team in a statement: “We are really excited about partnering with Yannick and his team to launch the first pro esports franchise in Quebec. Today is about continuing our commitment to growing esports nationwide, and expanding our Toronto Defiant fanbase in Quebec and across Eastern Canada.”The team – which includes seven players, two coaches, and a general manager – will live in a gaming house located in Quebec. They’ll both live and train in the facility.Yannick Babin, President of Mirage Sport Électronique added: “This is a huge step toward the democratization of esports in Quebec. We want to prove that Quebec is able to compete with the giants of esports, and this the first step in doing just that.”Last month, OverActive Media received over $22 million (£17.1 million) in a funding round. The round included current shareholders and new investors whose identities weren’t revealed.Esports Insider says: It’s a tad strange to see an Academy team be launched for an entirely different city than its main team, but this is an interesting move nonetheless. It’s good to see more cities being introduced to the industry, though. Best of luck to OverActive Media and Montreal!last_img read more

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