Boost in bid to protect hundreds of Hartlepool jobs

A CGI of the planned JDR Cables factory at Cambois.A CGI of the planned JDR Cables factory at Cambois.
A CGI of the planned JDR Cables factory at Cambois.
Plans to protect hundreds of Hartlepool jobs have received a boost from further up the North-East coast.

Councillors on Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee have approved a planning application for an offshore wind farm cable factory at Cambois, near Blyth, in a meeting this week.

JDR Cables, which makes high-voltage cables to connect to offshore wind farms and also has a site here in Hartlepool, announced plans to build the factory in September last year.

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It said the Northumberland expansion would supply its Headland site, where around 270 people work, with state-of-the-art cable cores and high voltage underwater cabling.

Speaking after this week’s meeting, deputy county council leader Richard Wearmouth, who is also cabinet member for resources, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming one of the most advanced subsea cable manufacturing facilities in the world into the county.

“This brand-new facility will focus on renewable energy products and services, which is crucial towards the county’s carbon neutral plans.

“It’s also the latest step in Northumberland’s new green industrial renaissance.

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"Where once we had heavy industry we’re now seeing a new wave of renewable manufacturing plants coming to the area, bringing jobs and prosperity.”

Around 200 jobs are expected to be created in Northumberland.

Support for the £130m scheme came from the Government’s £160 million Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support scheme and private investment.

Speaking after September’s announcement, Tomasz Nowak, chief executive officer at JDR, said: ““We’re delighted to build on our legacy as a leading provider of subsea cables to the offshore energy sector by investing in this new facility."