THE Humber’s position at the forefront of the UK’s renewable ambitions has received another boost after another major company gave its backing to a proposed energy park on the edge of Hull.
E.ON has become the latest business to back the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park at Saltend – a £200m energy and data park that could create up to 1,000 jobs.
The energy supplier joins a number of international companies that have already announced their support for the plans, including IBM, SSE Utilities, ZTE and Vodafone.
Jeff Parr May, project director at E.ON, said: “The opportunity presented by Yorkshire Energy Park clearly fits with E.ON’s ambitions across Europe to provide smarter, low carbon energy solutions at scale and we are exploring opportunities with Yorkshire Energy Park’s development team that would see a more sustainable, flexible and cost-effective energy solution for the whole site.”
Outline plans for the proposed £200m development, which is earmarked for part of the former Hedon aerodrome site, were submitted to East Riding Council last month.
Hundreds of people have already attended community information events to view the proposals, which have also gathered the support of Hull College.
Hull-based developer Sewell and Eco Parks Developments Ltd have partnered with London-based Chiltern to deliver the proposed scheme, which could generate a multi-million pound investment boost for the Yorkshire and Humber economy.
The Yorkshire Energy Park is set to attract significant inward investment and employment, bringing together low carbon energy generation and storage, education and training, and energy intensive industries such as information technology and food processing, on one site.
E.ON already owns and operates the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm, which became fully operational in 2015 and now generates enough electricity for about 170,000 homes – equivalent to around one and a half times the size of Hull.
The energy giant also opened an Operations and Maintenance base in Grimsby..
The Yorkshire Energy Park site is currently owned by Hull City Council and the developers have been working in partnership with the local authority to ensure the project optimises economic development opportunities for the area while also recognising the ecological importance of the eastern part of the site.
Chris Turner, chairman of the Yorkshire Energy Park Development Company and Chiltern Group, said: “We have worked on major projects with E.ON Germany and E.ON UK for several years and regard them as a global leader in the renewable energy generation and storage sector.
“Their participation in the project will deliver low carbon energy and significant cost savings to occupiers of the park.”
If approved by planners, work on the Yorkshire Energy Park could begin early next year.