Teesside to profit from east coast offshore wind project

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The developers of the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm have announced Grimsby will be the base for the project, creating up to 170 jobs on the East coast and bringing significant work to Seaton Port on Teesside.

Offshore wind developers Innogy have signed a memorandum of understanding with Associated British Ports, and if honoured, Grimsby will host the longer term operations and maintenance work for the project.

Full scale pre-assembly and installation work for the 90 turbines (9.5MW) is to take place from Able UK’s Seaton Port, near Middlesbrough.

Energy expert eye

“More good news for the North East’s offshore wind supply chain, which serves to show how important the UK’s eastern ports are becoming to the North Sea offshore energy sector.

“Most if not all of the region’s ports are now seeing significant benefits from the energy sector, which look set to continue with the government supporting both offshore oil and gas through a recent licensing round and a pledge to maintain offshore wind support through continuing contracts for difference rounds.” Alastair Fells MEI, Incorporated Eng, PG Dip Fuel Tech, BSc Hons

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