A global pipe manufacture could be coming to the region, creating up to 750 jobs.
SeAH Wind Ltd plans to bring a £200-300million UK XXL monopile manufacturing facility to Teesworks.
The proposal could create 750 direct jobs and 1,500 more in the supply chain and during construction, the firm has said.
“When SeAH confirmed its UK investment, the aim was to contribute to the UK offshore wind industry by working with the UK Government.
“We are pleased to take the first yet significant step for this goal in Teesside. We will endeavour to make our factory globally competitive as well as become a good member of the community.”
Once up and running it will be the world’s largest monopile plant for offshore wind turbines.
The 90-acre sire will be close to South Bank Quay, which is currently under development and is due to be completed in March 2023.
Monopiles are large steel tubes that form the foundations of the construction of offshore wind turbines. When fully operational in 2026 it is expected to be able to produce between 100 and 150 monopiles per year.
It will be built on the 4.5million sq ft offshore wind and industrial space being created on 450 acres of land next to the wharf and heavy-lift South Bank Quay.
“2022 is our year of construction and this is another transformational project that places Teesside as the UK lead for clean, green manufacturing.
“SeAh is an internationally recognised manufacturing company with an incredible reputation for quality and it’s a real coup that we’ve been able to secure their investment for Teesside.
“Spades will be in the ground for this factory at the beginning of July, delivering hundreds of well-paid, good-quality construction jobs that will deliver this huge factory that will create 750 direct jobs for local people.”
“This is excellent news – another company with a global reputation putting its faith in Teesworks and the Teesside workforce to deliver an industry of the future and provide well-paid, quality jobs in Redcar and Cleveland.”
“This is yet another extraordinary demonstration that Teesside sits at the very heart of the UK’s green industrial revolution. What’s happening at Teesworks is bringing new, long-term and sustainable jobs to the people of our region.”