Construction has begun of SeAH Wind’s new £400m offshore wind facility in Teesside, UK.
Based at Redcar’s Teesworks, the UK’s biggest industrial zone, the 1.13 million ft2 facility will manufacture bases for offshore wind turbines.
Once fully operational, the project is expected to create 750 jobs, with additional 1,500 indirect jobs in the supply chain during the construction phase.
The facility is expected to manufacture between 100 and 150 monopiles annually, which will be transported directly from the factory to Teesworks’ under-construction South Bank Quay before heading to the North Sea.
The monopiles will installed in the North Sea using specialised pile driving equipment.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen welcomed President & CEO of SeAH Steel Holdings Joosung Lee and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng MP to the Teesworks site to mark the occasion.
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SeAH Steel Holdings president & CEO of Joonsung Lee said: “We are starting SeAH’s future with you here in Teesside. Once again, SeAH will be supporting one of the most critical industries of our time, offshore wind, which is at the core of UK’s net zero strategy.
“SeAH Wind will be the first XXL monopile foundation fabrication facility in the UK. With this massive factory it will signal a successful revival of the manufacturing sector in Teesside, as well as setting a great example for the UK government’s initiative to support a green industrial revolution.”
UK Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “It’s fantastic to witness the ground-breaking for the UK’s first monopile factory which will see Teesside laying the foundations for the future of offshore wind in the UK.
“This plant can be a cornerstone of our new world-class manufacturing base, bringing even more jobs to the region, while helping to strengthen Britain’s energy security.
Image: The facility will manufacture bases for offshore wind turbines.Credit: Norbert Pietsch from Pixabay.