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Key Sectors

A focus that brings together experts across key business sectors along with the University of Hull, training providers and the local authority, will drive the region forward and establish the area as a world-class renewable energy hub.

The Humber has a number of economic strengths, amongst these are:

Renewable Energy

Siemens has developed a wind turbine assembly and rotor blade manufacturing factory and service facility at Alexandra Dock in Hull. The total cost of the investment is estimated at £310million.

There are plans for a number of offshore wind farms in the waters around the Humber. The Humber area is maximising the potential of wind energy both onshore and offshore, with over 20 wind energy projects, including three of the UK’s largest offshore wind farms, which are under development by SMartWind, Forewind and East Anglia Offshore Wind.

Click here to see the Crown Estate's Offshore Wind Electricity Map 

The Port of Grimsby is the base for O & M operations for rounds 1and 2 of the Crown Estate programme; Dong, Centrica, RES and Siemens.

The Humber has unparalleled opportunities to develop a European scale hub for bio-mass as evidenced by the recent decisions to locate both Vivergo and KRL at Saltend, approximately 1 mile to the East of the City of Hull boundary.

Ports and Logistics

The Humber is the busiest trading estuary in the Country and the fourth largest in Europe. Humberside International Airport is the busiest Heliport in England, reflecting its proximity to the Southern North Sea gas fields.


The Humber chemicals sector is the second largest in the UK, it is estimated that the sector is worth £6billion to the local economy.


25% of the country's liquid transport fuels are refined in the Humber making the area, the largest petrochemical refining area in the country.


The Humber area hosts 20% if the UK’s natural gas landings and is home to the Total and ConocoPhilips oil refineries. 

Centrica, Perenco and Gassco have operational bases on the North bank of the Humber.

The Drax and Eggborough power stations lie just outside the Humber area to the west and are within a 45 minute drive from Hull, whilst the Theadlethorpe gas terminal lies just South of the Humber area.

Advanced Engineering

Hull and the Humber has a large skills base in advanced engineering, employing more than 12,500 people in industries such as marine engineering and in the offshore environment. Leading local employers include BAE Systems, British Steel and Wood Group PSN. 

Employment By Sector in the Humber Sub-Region

Fishing and Water Transport223
Extraction of Oil and Gas289
Manufacture of Chemicals4,957
Manufacture of Pharmaceuticals1,650
Manufacture of Metals4,222
Fabrication of Metal Products4,780
Manufacture of Computer, Electrical and Optical Equipment412
Manufacture of Electrical Equipment1,104
Manufacture of Machinery and Equipment2,837
Manufacture of Motor Vehicles3,330
Manufacture of Other Transport1,105
Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities876

Source: Business register and employment survey 2012