GE Renewable Energy has confirmed plans to build a new blade manufacturing facility in Teesside.
The plant is scheduled to open in 2023 and will be operated by GE’s subsidiary, LM Power and will manufacture 107m long blades for GE’s Haliade-X. This is claimed to be the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, a single rotation able to generate enough to power a UK home for two days.
The project will employ up to 750 people directly, with an additional 1,500 jobs being supported indirectly across the region. The plant will be located on Teesworks, an ideal location to serve the vast offshore wind potential of the North Sea.
Jerôme Pécresse, president and CEO of GE Renewable Energy:
“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, we believe it will help develop a strong talent pool through the hiring and more importantly training of future colleagues. The UK’s target to commission 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 is ambitious and requires that we invest in local production capabilities to accompany this effort.”
Dogger Bank Wind Farm project director, Steve Wilson:
“We’re incredibly proud to say Dogger Bank Wind Farm is the anchor project for the blade facility announcement by GE today. Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a world-leading development pushing the boundaries of offshore wind development and playing a key role in delivering the ambition to increase UK supply chain capacity and capability. Through our turbine supply order with GE, the Dogger Bank project is the catalyst for this important GE investment in Teesside, harnessing skills and expertise in the local area and delivering long-term benefits in the UK’s offshore wind sector.”