MORE jobs are on the way to Hartlepool after the completion of a wind farm building project.
Sixteen new posts will be created now that the Teesside Offshore Windfarm has been fully installed. All 27 turbines at the 62 megawatt wind farm are in place and 13 of them are already generating electricity.
Bosses say the next stage is to produce low carbon electricity and a maintenance team will be set up and based at Hartlepool to handle the maintenance of the site.
As the project moves from the construction phase to becoming fully operational, responsibility for the scheme will transfer to a new EDF Energy Renewables’ operational team.
It’s expected that 16 new jobs, based at the Port of Hartlepool, including a maintenance team for turbine manufacturer Siemens, will be created to support the windfarm.
The Teesside project is owned jointly by EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles and managed by their joint venture EDF Energy Renewables.
The project’s development, engineering and construction have been entirely handled by EDF Group and bosses say its completion is “an important step in establishing EDF Group’s credentials in the offshore wind energy industry”.
Offshore construction work on the Teesside scheme started in February 2012 and the project is EDF Energy Renewables’ first UK offshore wind farm.
Once fully operational, the wind farm will produce enough low carbon electricity to supply the annual needs of around 40,000 homes, or the equivalent of most of the households in Redcar and Cleveland. It will offset the annual release of approximately 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.
EDF Energy Renewables chief executive Christian Egal said: “This marks an important moment for the company and we are now working towards the wind farm becoming fully operational in the near future. I would like to thank the teams involved in getting us to this milestone.
“The Teesside wind farm demonstrates our expertise and commitment to contributing to a diverse, low carbon generation mix for the UK.
“Experience gained here builds our credentials as a major player in wind energy and it will be invaluable in the development of other offshore wind farms.”