Teesside misses out in race to be operations base for massive North Sea wind farm

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Teesside misses out in race to be operations base for massive North Sea wind farm

Around 200 jobs will instead go to Tyneside after it was chosen as the site for the multi-million pound development

Teesside has missed out on being the location for a multi-million pound operations and maintenance base for the world’s biggest wind farm.

Instead 200 new jobs will be directly created at the Port of Tyne by firms Equinor and SSE Renewables, who are behind the £3bn Dogger Farm wind project in the North Sea which will eventually provide five per cent of the UK’s electricity needs.

Teesside Airport could still be used for a proposed heliport to service work on the wind farm, construction of which began in January, however it will not now be the headquarters for the base.

It was hoped manufacturing could have taken place on land now belonging to the South Tees Development Corporation (STDC) near Redcar – formerly used by the SSI steel plant – with work on a potential deal being undertaken by PD Ports with support from the Tees Valley Combined Authority

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said he still expected good jobs to flow from the Port of Tyne operation and go to people in Teesside, Hartlepool and Darlington.

There are also expected to be positive supply chain benefits across the North-East.

He added: “We are speaking to four major manufacturers about bringing offshore wind manufacturing to the Tees, and, with Net Zero Teesside, we will become the centre for UK clean growth with the world’s first full-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage facility, creating 5,500 direct jobs. . . .

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