ORE Catapult recently welcomed GE Renewable Energy’s latest venture in a new blade factory, Teesside. The factory aims to make many blades for Haliade-X units and create direct jobs for about 750 people on the Teesworks Site. In addition to that, it will create over 1500 indirect jobs. It is an exemplary venture that helps the company and helps improve the country’s economy. The investment is one of the most trending news in the market recently, with experts giving opinions. Many people hope to witness a revolution via this project.
This factory is expected to open and begin production in the next two years and supply blades to Equinor’s Dogger Bank Offshore wind plant and the SSE Renewables. Afrew Jamieson, ORE chief executive, talked about the partnership and its impact on the company. He stated that the company is proud of the reliable and robust collaboration they have with GE Renewable Energy and the LM Wind Power in recent years.
Also, Jamieson is proud that they directly support the ground-breaking Haliade-X turbines aiming to deliver UK’s research, innovation, and development to the global forefront. He explained that the new jobs from the project would help the North East of England and the entire UK as the country work to achieve a green economic recovery on their journey to a net-zero emission nation.
The UK government said designating Teesside as a free port and financing them with 220 million euros was vital since it aims to offer more jobs to the people. GE highlighted that the construction and financing terms are in the advanced stages as the parties involved negotiate on these matters. GE CEO Jerome Pecresse stated that the new plant would improve the industrial center development in the North East of England.
GE Renewable energy is excited to be a part of something huge and build a renewable energy talent pool in an area with maximum potential. Currently, the UK is targeting a power capacity of 40 GW from offshore wind by 2030. And for the country to meet this target, experts need to explore all the potential, especially local production capabilities.
SSE Renewables stated that the site would supply many Haliade-X blades for the Dogger Bank, whose installation will take place from 2024. Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank project director, stated that their supply order with GE is an indirect way to assist in the GE investment. The Renewables UK Chief Executive Hugh McNeal explained that the agreement is starting a new venture in offshore wind manufacturing.