Two Hull MPs are to speak with energy secretary Ed Davey today to seek assurances over plans to lure engineering giant Siemens to the city for a multi-million-pound green energy development, the Yorkshire Post has reported.
Labour MPs Alan Johnson and Diana Johnson will be joined by Lord Haskins, chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, to discuss plans to finalise investment in Green Port Hull, a flagship £210m development on Alexandra Dock.
The meeting comes against a backdrop of what Ms Johnson called “hostile comments” about green energy from senior ministers, and “continuing uncertainty” over long-term Government policy towards renewables.
It is also expected that chancellor George Osborne may cut green levies supporting the industry when he makes his Autumn Statement on Thursday.
Ms Johnson warned that failure to attract Siemens to East Yorkshire would see the investment and thousands of jobs potentially created by the development being lost to overseas competitors.
The Siemens development plans to regenerate Alexandra Dock, an existing port complex directly next to a natural deep-water channel, and act as a catalyst for further investment as the Humber seeks to place itself at the centre of the UK’s renewable energy industry.
The plant would be a base for the manufacturing, storing and export of components for the offshore wind industry.
It would create 700 engineering jobs and potentially support thousands of others in the supply chain and related industries.