Jobs boost following Dogger Bank turbine deal

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A record-breaking turbine deal by the world’s biggest wind farm project will see a Teesside firm creating 120 new jobs.

Dogger Bank, situated off Teesside’s coast, has confirmed GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X turbine will be the one powering the first two phases of its enormous project.

Under the terms of the deal, GE will supply 190 machines to the Dogger Bank A and B offshore wind farms.

The new construction jobs will be created at Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool, which will be the marshalling base for the wind farm’s equipment, installation and commissioning activities.

Recruitment will start by early next year, with turbine installation due to begin in 2023 at Dogger Bank A.

A further 120 skilled jobs will be based offshore and at the Port of Tyne for operation and maintenance of the turbines.

Able Seaton Port was chosen because it has some of the strongest quays in Europe, built specifically for the offshore energy sector.

Peter Stephenson, Able UK’s executive chairman, said: “We have enjoyed a long and constructive relationship with GE Renewable Energy culminating in this announcement – it’s a massive vote of confidence for the company and the UK.

“The offshore wind sector will increase four-fold by 2030, and with the increasingly demanding targets for low carbon power generation, there is an unparalleled level of market visibility.

“This industry is set to become a dominant factor in a post Covid-19 UK economy.”

One spin of the blades of Haliade-X can generate enough electricity to power a UK household for more than two days.

The deal represents the single largest order for offshore wind turbines ever placed, confirming 190 turbines for Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B.

Dogger Bank is located in a shallow area of the North Sea on a sandbank that used to be called Doggerland. It connected Britain to mainland Europe until about 6500 BC.

The wind farm will cover an area larger than Greater London.

Once finished, it will provide clean electricity for more than 4.5 million UK homes, roughly equivalent to five per cent of the UK’s electricity demand.

Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s project director at SSE Renewables, said the contract will mark the first time a 13-megawatt turbine has ever been installed.

“Today’s announcement will bring huge economic benefits to the North-East.

“These turbines are a true testament of how hard the offshore wind industry is working to continually innovate and drive down costs.

“We look forward to working with GE Renewable Energy to help us deliver the largest offshore wind farm in the world.”

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen said: “It is fantastic that these 120 high-skilled, good quality construction jobs on the biggest wind farm in the world under construction are coming to Hartlepool. It shows once again that Teesside is leading the way when it comes to offshore wind and clean energy.

“My plan for jobs – creating high skilled, good quality local jobs for local people in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool – is essential as we deal with the impacts of the coronavirus and these jobs supporting the industries of the future is exactly what we need.”

Labour’s mayoral candidate Jessie Joe Jacobs said: “This is fantastic news for Hartlepool and the Tees Valley as a whole. These sustainable, green jobs are exactly the kind of projects that we need to attract to our area in order to grow the economy and tackle the threat from climate change.

“I am convinced that green industries like this can provide the type of long-term, skilled jobs that we need and making the Tees Valley the UK centre for them will be the cornerstone of my economic plan. This is the just the start of what we can achieve here and there are exciting times ahead.”

Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham said: “This is fantastic news for Teesside and the North-East. The pandemic has destabilized and shrunk the jobs market, and left thousands across Teesside unemployed.

“It is more important now than ever before that good jobs are being created – that is why it is so heartening to see skilled, green jobs like these that can employ local people.”