North East Devolution and Levelling Up

Tees Fast To Cash In On Freeport Status

Teesside has been quick to turn Chancellor Rushi Sunak’s Budget announcement of a freeport and new port infrastructure for offshore wind projects for the area into reality. 

GE Renewable Energy has announced plans to open a new blade manufacturing facility on Teesside dedicated to the production of wind turbine blades for the most powerful offshore wind turbines currently in operation.   

The company estimates that the new plant, set to open and start production in 2023, could create up to 750 direct renewable energy jobs and up to 1,500 indirect jobs in the area. The manufacturing plant will be located at Teesworks. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Teesside will continue to drive forward our green industrial revolution as we capitalise on new opportunities to produce clean energy through a brand new offshore wind port on the River Tees. It will not only create thousands of jobs and harness the skills and expertise of this great industrial heartland, but also boost investment into the area as we build back greener.”