Hat-trick of wins for ABP and partners highlights confidence in renewable technology across the Humber
The Hull Daily Mail’s annual Renewables Awards proved a huge success for Associated British Ports (ABP), its largest Humber customer Drax Power Ltd, and project partner GRAHAM Construction after all three organisations were recognised and rewarded for their contribution to the green energy revolution on the Humber.
ABP Director Humber, John Fitzgerald, Alan Johnson MP and Hull City Council’s Head of Economic Development Mark Jones were named ‘Renewables Champions’ for their work on Green Port Hull and bringing Siemens to the city.
Judges said: “In such a momentous year for the renewables industry, judges felt it was only right this accolade went to three people who played a key part in bringing Siemens to Hull. Alan Johnson had a huge role behind the scenes, talking to the main players, using his influence to secure political support and never losing sight of the end goal.
“Hull City Council was also important in the deal and Mark Jones’s input was vital. Those who know Mark well say he was always on the job, constantly in touch with decision-makers and tirelessly working to get a result.
“As Humber director for ABP, John Fitzgerald represented the landowner which is hosting Green Port Hull. Without the company’s vision, none of this would be happening.”
On his part in making sure the City’s biggest ever package of inward investment was finally delivered John Fitzgerald said: “The fact that this award has been given to three people demonstrates that the delivery of the Siemens project has been a huge team effort. More than that, it secures ABP’s role in driving forward the green revolution which is creating a whole new energy sector.
“All of us collecting awards tonight represent large teams of people who are, and will continue to, work tirelessly to make sure the project is up and running by 2017. That includes people from ABP, the City Council, Parliament and Siemens themselves, along with everyone else across the city that have supported our vision.
“I’m humbled by the award, which I accept on behalf of everyone at ABP, but more importantly, I’m enormously proud to be involved in an emerging sector that will deliver so many benefits for the people of this City and the Humber region, and will ensure the UK is at the forefront of a renewables future.”
Awards were also handed out to Drax Power Ltd, one of ABP’s largest customers. The company was handed the Renewables Innovation Award for its work converting to low-carbon energy generation, transforming the largest coal-fired power station in north western Europe to predominantly biomass fuelled.
ABP has invested £130 million across the Humber on facilities dedicated handling up to four million tonnes of biomass each year for Drax, to support this conversion.
Those facilities were themselves recognised by the Awards judges when GRAHAM Construction was named as the winner in the Best Renewables Project for their work building the Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal (IRFT). When complete IRFT will be the World’s largest dedicated biomass handling facility.
GRAHAM Construction is also working as part of a Joint Venture with Lagan Construction Group on the enabling works at Hull’s Alexandra Dock to prepare the site for the Siemens development.
ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.
Around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade passes through ABP’s Statutory Harbour Areas. ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.
- · Handled over 1.5 million vehicles in 2013.
- · Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
- · Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
- · Has 1000 hectares of open storage
- · Handled 119m tonnes of cargo in 2013
- · Owns 5000 hectares of port estate
- · Has 87km of quay
Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.
The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.
Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 54 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
£75 million is currently being invested in the biomass handling terminal in Immingham, in a Humber-wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd that has seen £25 million invested in a biomass handling facility in Hull. The Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal will handle sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase has also created 100 employment opportunities.
The Port of Hull handles 10 million tonnes of cargo per annum and is the is the focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility, coupled with a new rotor blade manufacturing base near Paull to the east of the port estate, represents a £310 million investment and will create up to 1000 direct jobs.
The Grimsby River Terminal represents an investment of £26 million and allows large car-carrying ships to berth outside the Port’s lock system. This development confirms the Port’s position as the UK’s leading automotive handling facility.
More than the equivalent of 1million teus (twenty foot equivalent unit) of unitised trade is shipped through ABP Humber ports.
Ro-ro and container traffic represents more than 30 sailings a week to Europe, Scandinavia the Baltic and beyond.
The Humber ports handle more than 70 freight train movements per day.
Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over two million tonnes of cargo annually.