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GRI Renewable industries to supply 100 offshore towers/year from Able Humber Port, UK

GRI Renewable Industries, a Spanish manufacturer of wind towers and industrial wind components for major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and developers in the wind energy market, will supply initially 100 offshore towers/year (equivalent to 100,000 tons of steel) from a factory to be built at the Able Humber Port (AHP), North Lincolnshire, on the east coast of UK. This site is expected to become the largest and most relevant marshalling port for offshore wind in the UK.

The Spanish wind tower manufacturer signed a memorandum of understanding with Able UK to build up the factory for manufacturing and supplying wind towers at AHP.

The total investment will reach around 100 million € and this project will create over 300 direct jobs and contribute to meet the government´s 2030 sustainable goals. British Government has guaranteed subsidies to help boost this project.

GRI Seville (Spain), which has a successful track record in offshore towers production, will support the ramp up of the UK factory.

“We are proud to participate in this major project to power British homes and communities with wind energy towards sustainability and carbon neutrality. This project will create a worldwide leader in the offshore sector in a market that is increasingly demanding and constantly evolving”, stated Jon Riberas, Chairman & CEO GRI.

Business & Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “With its close proximity to some of the world’s largest offshore wind farms and strong skills base, the Humber region is vitally important for the growth of British offshore wind and is at the heart of our green recovery”. “This joint investment from government and GRI’s will give a boost to this important industrial heartland, creating and supporting hundreds of good quality jobs across the region while ensuring it on the frontline of developing the next generation of wind turbine towers”.

“We are delighted to see, and be part of, the considerable progress that GRI is making. We have enjoyed a longstanding and productive relationship with GRI and their development of the UK’s first large scale offshore wind tower production plant represents a major opportunity for the Humber, UK and the wider offshore wind sector. This, in addition to recent similar announcements with respect to AHP and SeAH, is positive proof that Government policies are working and incentivising key developments as we move towards significantly increased UK content and towards establishing a world-class new industrial cluster on the Humber”, explained Peter Stephenson, Executive Chairman The Able Group.

About GRI Renewable Industries

Since 2008, GRI Renewable Industries (www.gri.com.es/en) develops its wind towers and flanges manufacturing activity in the wind energy sector. Currently, it has 16 manufacturing plants in Spain, the USA, Brazil, Argentina, China, Turkey, India, and South Africa supplying high quality wind towers and flanges to the wind energy industry worldwide. The company finished 2020 with sales around 700 million euros and over 4,000 employees.

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