Plans have been submitted for SeAH Wind Ltd’s mammoth £300m offshore wind factory on the former Redcar steelworks site at Teesworks.
The proposed 40-metre-tall facility, part of Teesside’s Freeport, will sit on a 90-acre site adjacent to Teesworks’ £107m heavy-lift South Bank Quay. Its 1.13million sq ft footprint is four times the size of Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium and, when complete, will claim to be the largest facility of its type in the world.
The factory services the offshore wind sector, producing monopiles that form the foundations of offshore wind turbine construction, will create 1,500 jobs in the supply chain and during construction when work begins in July. Once operational, a further 750 roles will be created.
Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen said: “2022 is our year of construction and we are rebuilding a new skyline for Teesside – one that looks to the future and is creating hundreds of well-paid jobs in the cleaner, healthier and safer industries of tomorrow. It’s fantastic to see that both SeAH Wind and its construction consultants, K2 Consultancy, are committed to employing local workers and using the region’s talent and suppliers to deliver the facility. These aren’t just fancy pictures, they’ll start to be a reality, with spades in the ground coming in just a few short months."
Joosung Lee, president & CEO of SeAHSteel Holdings, said: “After acknowledging a solid and stronger business relationship, SeAH Wind and Teesworks have decided to set out a long journey together. I am sure that the remaining work will go smoothly with the support of TVCA and our local partners. Bringing UK’s first monopile manufacturing facility is a very meaningful and significant project to the UK offshore wind industry. We will make every effort to produce visible outcomes in every stage of the development.”
SeAH Wind are also set to hold an event to meet local supply chain companies to let them know how they can get involved in the work, being led by construction consultants K2 Consultancy, on April 20 at Sedgefield’s Hardwick Hall.