GE Renewable Energy plans Teesside blade manufacturing plant
Plans have been announced by GE Renewable Energy for a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Teesside that could start production in 2023 and create around 750 direct jobs.
The facility will be set up and operate as a dedicated production facility for 107m-long offshore wind turbine blades, a key component of GE’s energy operation.
GE Renewable Energy said the announcement was a commitment to support the UK government’s plan to develop jobs, infrastructure and supply chains to reach its goal to commission 40GW of offshore wind power by 2030 and become a global leader in green energy.
The facility will be located at Teesworks, part of Teesside, which has recently been designated as one of the UK’s newest free ports.
GE Renewable Energy President and CEO Jerome Pecresse said: This new plant will contribute to the development of an industrial cluster dedicated to offshore wind in the North East of England.
“We are delighted to announce such a commitment for the renewable energy industry and we believe it will help develop a strong talent pool.”
The Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm, which is located between 125km and 290km off the coast of Yorkshire, will benefit from the blades produced at the new facility.