ABP has been named Medium/ Large Business of the Year at the Humber Renewables Awards, organised by the Hull Daily Mail.
The awards ceremony, held yesterday evening (Thursday) at The Deep in Hull, attracted representatives from some of the Humber region’s most innovative ‘green’ organisations, whose achievements have helped confirm the Humber’s place as the UK’s Energy Estuary.
ABP Director Humber Simon Bird said: “It’s fantastic that ABP has been recognised for the work it does within the renewables sector here on the Humber and to be chosen as the winner by a panel of our peers and industry experts is extremely gratifying.
“Renewables form a large and growing part of ABP’s offer here on the Humber and we’ll continue to invest and innovate within this developing sector. I’m delighted that the hard work put in by our staff and our partners has been rewarded and that we were successful despite some very stiff competition.”
Twenty businesses had been shortlisted across eight awards categories including Renewables Small Business of the Year, Best Renewable Energy Project and Green Innovations. Winners included E.on for the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm, EYG Solar and Hull College Group.
Keynote speak Clark MacFarlane, Siemens Managing Director, Wind Power and Renewables Division, offered guests words of encouragement. Siemens is currently partnering with ABP on a project to build a £310 million offshore wind turbine manufacturing, assembly and installation facility on the city’s Alexandra Dock, and was the event’s main sponsor.
Mr MacFarlane said: “We have made tremendous progress as an offshore wind industry over the past few years and we can see this resulting in jobs and economic benefits.
“The challenge for us now is to ensure we continue our progress so that renewable energy is the preferred choice by Government and the public.”
- 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 1.6 million vehicles in 2014.
- 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 94.5m tonnes of cargo in 2014
- 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 61 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.
Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 50 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
£130-plus 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 handles sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase 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 manufacturing, construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility 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.
Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over one million tonnes of cargo annually.