Tees Valley’s ambitions to become the UK’s premier offshore wind hub are well under way. Developments are taking place on the Teesworks site to create 4.5million sq ft of advanced manufacturing and industrial space across 450 acres of the site, becoming home to cutting-edge offshore wind companies.
The region is a designated Offshore Wind hub and has UK Government CORE status as a Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering. This is in recognition of the area’s existing port infrastructure, available skills and supply chain and the designation will enable rapid growth in the offshore wind sector.
There are around ten miles of operational river along the Tees, including the deepest port facilities on the East Coast and England’s largest exporting port. Tees Valley is in close proximity to strategic offshore wind sites and has access to around 10GW of wind farm development.
To support businesses locating on the site, and the ship-out of offshore wind parts, the £107million South Bank heavy lift is currently under construction.
The quay offers a 125 acre hard standing for manufacturing, storage and mobilisation. It has secured £107million in the UK Investment Bank’s first ever investment.
With immediate access to the River Tees and the North Sea, the 1km quay will provide global firms with 500 acres of development land, as well as unlocking the wider Teesworks site. The zone is primely positioned for activity relating to Dogger Bank — the world’s largest offshore wind farm, located 60 miles off the North East coast.
One international firm seeing the potential in the site is SeAH Wind Ltd, which is currently constructing its £450million offshore wind monopile facility at Teesworks. The 1.13million sq ft facility will produce bases for offshore wind turbines, creating 750 jobs when fully operational with a further 1,500 indirect jobs in the supply chain and during construction.
When complete, the facility is expected to produce between 100 and 150 monopiles per year which will be transported directly from the factory to the South Bank Quay before heading to the North Sea for installation.
This is the first scheme driven by private sector investment to begin construction at any UK Freeport, showing investor confidence both in the Teesworks site and wider Freeport offer.
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