German firm Siemens has chosen Manchester as the location for a new facility that will supply offshore wind farms across Northwest Europe with the technology to connect to the mainland.
Identifying the Northwest as a region with strong links to the green technology industry, the German engineering giant will add a new two-storey building to house a new renewable energy engineering centre on the South Manchester site which already houses its UK industry division.
Nearly 170 jobs will be created at the new facility, which is one of three such Siemens sites dealing with worldwide demand for the equipment.
The high voltage switchgear technology has been developed in Germany, but the Manchester site will cater for all Siemens’ offshore connection projects in Northwest Europe.
The project has been given the go-ahead from Manchester City Council, which has approved plans for the new building in the hope that the development could help attract more investment associated with renewable energy to the region.
Juergen Maier, Managing Director of Siemens in Manchester, said: “The new facility will form part of Siemens International delivery capability.
“We are delighted to be able to grow our business and the number of highly skilled staff in Manchester to support the company’s growth in off shore wind capability.”
Cllr Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, added: “This is fantastic news for Manchester and shows that once again, we are at the forefront of innovative green technology.”