HARTLEPOOL has been given a fantastic boost in its battle to win a 1,000-job wind turbine plant.
The Scottish town of Dundee - which was Hartlepool’s original opponent for the money-spinning deal - has dropped out of the running.
But a new Scottish rival has emerged and Hartlepool must now go head-to-head with Leith in Edinburgh.
Madrid-based Gamesa wants to build a UK plant to make wind turbines which will create 1,000 direct jobs as well as 800 supply chain posts.
A company spokesman said: “We can confirm that Dundee is no longer an option for the company.
“Dundee can not accommodate Gamesa’s foreseen offshore requirements in terms of timescales and scope in order to achieve the company’s overall business plan objectives regarding the manufacture of our G11X-5.0 MW and G14X-7.0 MW offshore wind turbines.”
She said Leith was another potential site which had been suggested by Forth Ports, the owners of the Port of Dundee.
Gamesa is ploughing £128m into its UK offshore wind business and the spokesman said that sort of investment “requires thorough analysis of all potential sites.”
She added: “Hartlepool also continues to be evaluated by Gamesa and the company continues an open dialogue, exchange of information and negotiation with PD Ports regarding this.”