Energy Institute chief executive Louise Kingham OBE has described the Humber’s ‘Energy Estuary’ slogan as “not just a concept or PR headline, but a real-world jewel of the UK energy system”.
The senior figure at the helm of the professional chartered organisation was addressing the first joint Energy Institute and Catch Energy Conference, held at the Stallingborough base of the member organisation.
More than 50 delegates heard her describe the Humber LEP’s Blueprint for an Industrial Strategy as “an ambitious, but realistic, claim for this region to be central to the UK’s future economic success,” praising the response to the Clean Growth ‘grand challenge’ set by the Government – not only in low carbon energy generation, goods and services, but also in the more efficient use of energy and resources by industry.
It came ahead of the Humber branch’s annual dinner at Humber Royal Hotel, Grimsby, and saw the launch of a refreshed new Energy Estuary map from Bondholders.
“The Humber’s role in the UK’s energy system really does take some beating,” Mrs Kingham said, listing how it is responsible for one third of the UK’s coal imports, one third of the UK’s fuel, one fifth of the natural gas landed and one sixth of electricity generated.
“With two refineries and strengths in steel, chemicals and process industries, the Humber has one of the largest concentrations of energy intensive industries in the country. The banks of the Humber – the ports of Immingham, Hull, Grimsby, Trent, Goole – are home to established and still flourishing industries.