PLANS have been put submitted for a factory to manufacture blades for offshore wind turbines. The first images of what GE Renewable Energy’s factory on Teesside have been revealed. The huge 78,000sq m facility, in the South Bank zone of the Teesworks site, will sit alongside a new 1km heavy lift quay, which Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen says will create the UK’s “premier location” for offshore wind. The company has estimated the development will create 750 jobs and support 1,500 more in the supply chain.
Northern Echo 31st May 2021 read more »
Plans have been submitted for a mammoth wind turbine factory on the banks of the Tees. US industrial giant GE Renewable Energy will manufacture state-of-the-art blades for offshore wind turbines at the site within the UK’s largest Freeport. 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 three 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 the factory.
Teeside Gazette 31st May 2021 read more »
Development agency chief Charlotte Wright has said Caithness is ideally placed to support the growth in offshore wind and other renewables thanks to the county’s “fabulous” engineering base. She pointed out that the skills available in the area are applicable across sectors and highlighted the investment that has been made at Wick and Scrabster harbours. Ms Wright was speaking after she and other senior figures from HIE had taken part in a board engagement session with businesses, community groups and representative bodies from the far north. HIE’s Caithness and Sutherland area manager, Eann Sinclair, said the “baseline for our expectations for offshore wind” were founded on the Wick-based Beatrice development. Much would depend on the outcome of the delayed ScotWind Leasing process, the main aim of which is to grant property rights for the seabed in Scottish waters for new commercial-scale offshore wind projects.
John O’Groat Journal 30th May 2021 read more »
Ambitious plans for a £40 million energy hub in Edinburgh will create thousands of jobs. The proposals at the Port of Leith would see the creation of Scotland’s largest and best located renewable energy hub on a 175 acre site at the Port.
Edinburgh Live 30th May 2021 read more »