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Int'l - Plans unveiled for huge Teesworks' offshore wind factory

GE Renewable Energy’s plans for a mammoth factory to manufacture state-of-the-art blades for offshore wind turbines have taken a major step forward, after plans were submitted that could create up to 2,250 jobs.

GE Renewable Energy’s plans for a mammoth factory to manufacture state-of-the-art blades for offshore wind turbines have taken a major step forward, after plans were submitted that could create up to 2,250 jobs.

New images of what the site will look like when construction is complete also show the scale of the new wind turbine blade factory operated by the global manufacturing firm. GE Renewable Energy took the decision to build the factory in Teesside, in part because Teesside was awarded the UK’s biggest Freeport in the spring budget.

The huge 78,000sq m facility, in the South Bank zone of the Teesworks site, will sit alongside a new 1km heavy lift quay, creating what is being described as the UK’s premier location for offshore wind.

Ground remediation and clearance works are well under way with more than 40 people currently employed at the site. A new £1m 95-tonne excavator, one of only three in the UK, recently joined the 40-strong machinery fleet to speed up land preparation works ahead of the facility’s construction, set to begin in October.

Up to 2,250 jobs will be created to support the construction of GE Renewable Energy’s factory. When completed, GE estimates that it could create up to 750 direct highly skilled jobs and close to 1,500 indirect jobs to support its supply chain. The first blade is expected to roll off the production line in 2023, with the factory serving Dogger Bank, the world’s largest wind farm located just 80 miles off the North East coast.

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