Second wind for the Humber, Teesside and UK energy industry
Two new ports on the Humber and on Teesside to build the next generation of offshore wind projects will be constructed as part of an up to £95m investment to boost the industry and create 6,000 new jobs in the north.
Able Marine Energy Park, on the South Bank of the River Humber, will receive up to £75m government investment, and Teesworks Offshore Manufacturing Centre, on the River Tees, will benefit from up to £20m.
Construction will begin later this year to upgrade the two ports with new infrastructure – helping to revitalise these historic industrial heartlands.
Together these new ports will have the capacity to house up to seven manufacturers to support the development of the next-generation offshore wind projects, substantially boosting the UK’s offshore wind manufacturing base while directly creating around 3,000 new jobs each.
The first offshore wind manufacturer to invest in the Teesside port has also been confirmed by the government today.
Thanks to Teesside receiving free port 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 world and will be capable of powering up to 6 million homes.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “During the Industrial Revolution over 200 years ago, wind powered the sails of ships from the Humber and Teesside trading goods around the world. Now the Humber and Teesside will put the wind in the sails of our new green industrial revolution, building the next generation of offshore wind turbines whilst creating 6,000 new green jobs in the process. Our multi-million-pound investment in these historic coastal communities is a major step towards producing the clean, cheap energy we need to power our homes and economy without damaging the environment.”