Categories: Business, PD Ports, Tees Billingham, TeesportPublished On: 15.03.2021292 words1.5 min read

Major new windfarm port announced on Teesside with 3,000 jobs to be created

Artists impression of the new port

A NEW port on Teesside to build the next generation of offshore wind projects will be constructed as part of a £20 million investment to boost the UK’s world-leading industry and create 3,000 new jobs in the North, the government announced today (Wednesday).

Teesworks Offshore Manufacturing Centre, on the River Tees, will receive up to £20 million and will begin construction later this year to update the port with new infrastructure – helping to revitalise the historic industrial heartland.

The port will have the capacity to house up to three manufacturers to support the development of the next-generation of offshore wind projects, substantially boosting the UK’s offshore wind manufacturing base.

The first offshore wind manufacturer to invest in the Teesside port was also confirmed by the government yesterday.

Thanks to Teesside receiving Freeport status, as well as government backing, GE Renewable Energy will build a new state-of-the-art offshore wind blade manufacturing factory at the site, which will directly create around 750 of the 3,000 high quality jobs created by the Teesside port and approximately 1,500 indirect jobs in the area.

Due to open and start production in 2023, the blades produced by GE Renewables will be supplied to the Dogger Bank wind farm, located off the North East coast, which when completed in 2026 will be the largest offshore wind farm in the UK and will be capable of powering up to six million homes.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Teesside will continue to drive forward our green industrial revolution as we capitalise on new opportunities to produce clean energy through a brand new offshore wind port on the River Tees . . . . .

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