ONE hundred jobs are on the way to Hartlepool thanks to an international company which is moving on to dockland.
The worldwide installation company McDermott has struck a deal to set up a pipe spool operation on land owned by PD Ports.
The company’s aim is to establish Hartlepool as a base from which it can set up new jobs-boosting markets.
The news brought glowing praise from town business chiefs who described it as “brilliant news for our economy”.
The 30-acre site port site will allow McDermott to spool long pipe stalks on to ships which are heading out to offshore oil and gas fields.
A spokesman for the firm told the Mail: “We are a global company with a workforce of about 14,000 people. We have been working in the North Sea in the past and this is us going back.
“We need a spool base to help us re-enter the market”.
Once the site is up and running, hopefully by the New Year, around 100 people are expected to be working there.
McDermott bosses confirmed they would be looking for a mix of skilled and semi-skilled workers in areas such as pipe welding.
The spokesman said: “We hope that as well as being good for us, this will be good for Hartlepool. It brings jobs and economic regeneration.”
Further comments came from Tony Duncan, the executive vice president of Subsea which is part of McDermott. He said: “This agreement for the spool base is an important milestone towards supporting McDermott’s re-entry into the North Sea market.”
He said the aim would be to “combine the prime location of the Hartlepool spool base for quick access to project sites with McDermott’s high standards.”
The news was also warmly welcomed at PD Ports.
Managing director of bulks and port services, Jerry Hopkinson, said: “This is another good news story for Hartlepool and for McDermott.”
He said the setting up of a permanent spool base at Hartlepool “consolidates the port’s position as the home to a thriving cluster of offshore related businesses”.
He said it would also add to a list of success stories on the dock area including Heerema and JDR Cables.
Mr Hopkinson added: “We wish McDermott every success with this venture and will seek to give them every support as they grow their business in the North Sea.”
McDermott is a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc. It has its headquarters in Houston in the USA.
Its specialist area is in fixed and floating production facilities, pipelines and subsea systems for complex offshore and subsea oil and gas projects.
It operates in more than 20 countries.
Colin Griffiths, a business consultant at the Stranton Business Centre in Hartlepool, welcomed the jobs boost and said: “This is great news for Hartlepool and the people of the town.
“Hopefully, they will be taking on a lot of unemployed people, generating money which can be reinvested back into the economic picture of the town.”
A YEAR OF GOOD NEWS.
This year has brought a number of positive stories for the Hartlepool economic scene.
• A new vision for Hartlepool was drawn up by Hartlepool Borough Council, promising at least 2,000 new jobs. It also detailed the regeneration plans for the town centre, Jacksons Landing/Trincomalee Wharf and the marina, Church Street, Seaton Carew, the Headland, Wynyard, the Port and Queens Meadow.
• 250 new jobs were promised by Heerema Fabrication Group at its yard in Hartlepool. The jobs were created for work on the Cygnus gas field development.
• A seven-year contract between Hartlepool council and Northgate Public Services was announced. It will see 235 current staff move to Hartlepool, the majority from Wynyard Business Centre.
• A campaign to get people to spend their money locally was revealed in town. The aim of the Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local project was to help protect a vibrant local economy and it immediately won support from local businesses and economic leaders.
• SEVENTY new jobs were announced. They were due to be created when the The Stag and Monkey, being built on the corner of Belle Vue Way and Brenda Road, in Hartlepool, opens.
• EDF Energy Renewables confirmed they were building a new site at Hartlepool Marina, where a 19-strong workforce would maintain the new Teesside Offshore Wind Farm.