Massive wind farm to create 120 jobs in Hartlepool in 'record breaking' deal
Around 120 new jobs are expected to be created in Hartlepool to make parts for what will be the world’s largest wind farm.
As part of the agreement GE Renewable Energy will establish its marshalling harbour activities at Able Seaton Port, which will serve as the base for turbine service equipment, installation and commissioning for the Dogger Bank Wind farm, which will stretch along 80 miles of the North-East coast.
It has placed a turbine order with GE Renewable Energy.
Recruitment is due to start in early 2021 with turbine installation beginning in 2023.
The contract award, which is subject to a final agreement, includes an order for 190 huge offshore wind turbines to be installed in the North Sea.
The turbines have a 220m rotor covering 38,000 square metres, three times bigger than the London Eye.
Each blade is 107m long, double the wing-span of The Angel of the North.
The wind farm will be capable of powering up to 4.5 million homes each year when completed in 2026. A single rotation of the blades can power one home for more than two days.
The financial details have not been revealed although the deal is described as “record breaking”.
Peter Stephenson, Able UK’s executive chairman, said: “We have enjoyed a long and constructive relationship with GE Renewable Energy culminating in today’s announcement.
“It’s a massive vote of confidence for the company and the UK. Our sustained investment at Able Seaton Port means we can provide a bespoke and tailor-made solution for Dogger Bank.
“We are delighted that 120 skilled jobs will be based here at the Port, in this exciting and growing industry."
Energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “I am thrilled to see so many green jobs on the way to the North East of England thanks to our world-leading offshore wind industry.
“Projects like Dogger Bank are absolutely crucial to building back greener from the coronavirus pandemic – creating jobs, growing the economy and tackling climate change. I look forward to watching its progress in the months and years ahead.”
Job roles will be advertised closer to the time by GE and Dogger Bank via the Dogger Bank website and social media.