Hartlepool is key to wind energy future

The sea at Seaton Carew shimmers under the sun as the off-shore wind farm takes shape in the background.
The sea at Seaton Carew shimmers under the sun as the off-shore wind farm takes shape in the background.

Hartlepool has been name-checked in a major new Government strategy on the future for wind energy development.

The Government’s new campaign for keeping the UK at the forefront of offshore wind energy has just been revealed.

It has produced its Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, with leading firms JDR Cables and Heerema both mentioned.

Ahead of the strategy launch, Mr Clegg said Britain must “put the foot down on the accelerator” in developing renewable energy, arguing the sector has the potential to create 30,000 jobs and add £7 billion to the UK economy by 2020.

Tees Valley Unlimited’s Managing Director Stephen Catchpole welcomed the study.

TVU worked closely with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to help draft the strategy that will both promote the growth of the ambitious offshore wind market while offering the industry the certainty it needs to enable ongoing investment.

Mr Catchpole said: “The capability of the sector within Tees Valley is reflected by the number of companies that have been name-checked in this vital industrial strategy.

“The offshore wind sector simultaneously plays to our traditional strengths of engineering and offshore work.”

He said the Tees Valley had “a range of companies that are not only ready and willing, but also highly capable of getting involved in the new opportunities that are materialising from the renewables industry.

The strategy also name-checks TAG Energy Solutions in Billingham.

Mr Catchpole added: “It demonstrates how important the Government regards this sector for the economic wellbeing and future prosperity of the UK and it is also a framework that we, and our partners, can follow to ensure that Tees Valley attracts as much investment, work and jobs as possible.”

The full Ostrategy is available to download from the TVU website.