Engineering firm nets major offshore wind deal

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A company that recently brought ship-building back to the River Tees has become the latest Teesside firm to win a substantial contract for the UK’s largest offshore wind project – and is hopeful it will be the first of many.

Macdonald Offshore and Marine has sealed a significant six-figure deal with Tees-based offshore structures giant OSB that has secured several new jobs as well as securing 20 more.

Over the next six months, the Middlesbrough-based firm will supply 30 five-metres wide lower internal platforms that will hang inside transition pieces within the Hornsea One offshore wind farm.

Having been ratified as qualified suppliers to OSB for the Hornsea wind project, Macdonald’s directors believe there is the potential for more and larger deals worth several million pounds.

Director Steve Macdonald said: “This is fantastic news because it secures our place as part of what is fast becoming a centre of excellence for windfarm manufacture here on Teesside and the wider North-East.

“This initial deal has already secured our long-term future but we’re now quoting for several more packages for significantly larger contracts, opening up potential orders worth millions.

“We’re potentially looking at several years of work that could create 40 more local jobs.”

Situated 120 kilometres off England’s east coast, Hornsea One will consist of up to 174 wind turbines covering approximately 407 square kilometres.

Offshore construction is due to start next year and when completed, it will be capable of powering well over one million homes.

Macdonald director Steve Osbaldeston added: “We’re hopeful that further contracts for major Hornsea projects will also come to the Tees, so there’s phenomeonol potential for Teesside’s engineering sector.

“It opens up a whole new avenue for our supply chain, can secure and create local jobs, create apprenticeships and invest in the future of the business.”

Revealing that Macdonald Offshore was also bidding for a multi-million pounds contract for a major waste-to-energy project, Osbaldeston added: “We were delighted when we were able to bring ship-building back to the Tees after a 10-year hiatus.

“Whilst we’re certainly not moving away from the marine sector, the renewable energy industry is very much at the forefront of our minds.

“There opportunities are potentially massive.”

The OSB contract involves Macdonald Offshore creating suspended internal platforms (SIPs) and anode cages that provide cathodic protection to reduce salt water corrosion to the steel within the windfarm’s vital transition pieces.

A 20-strong team of welders, platers and project management staff is working on the OSB contract from Macdonald Offshore and Marine’s riverside facilities on Dockside Road in Middlesbrough.


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