Contract secures years of work.
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A MAJOR turbine contract win has secured years of work for Teessiders.
The multi-million pound deal, for EEW OSB at Haverton Hill, will keep the facility running at capacity until at least the mid-2020s - and safeguards the jobs of more than 180 workers.
It's the fifth order the facility has secured from world-leading offshore wind developer Orsted.
EEW OSB brought turbine manufacturing back to the Tees back in 2015, after buying up the specialist yard when previous owner TAG Energy collapsed into insolvency with the loss of 100 jobs.
The firm will manufacture a further 30 Transition Pieces for Hornsea Two, off the Yorkshire Coast. Transition pieces are the distinctive yellow bases which form part of the turbines.
Hornsea Two which is set to take over from its sister project Hornsea One as the largest offshore wind farm in the world.
Duncan Clark, programme director for Hornsea Two, has praised the Government's Sector Deal with the industry, announced in March, which aims to make offshore wind an "integral part" of the UK's future "low-cost, lowcarbon, flexible grid system".
Costs of offshore wind have "fallen faster than anyone could have envisaged 10 years ago" according to Government.
Mr Clark said: "EEW OSB shows how UK companies can benefit from offshore wind. "The facility has steadily been winning contracts in offshore wind and developing its business since its revival in 2015, and is one of an increasing number of UK firms growing their businesses as the global offshore wind market expands.
"We're delighted to be working with EEW OSB again and this contract is an example of the Sector Deal in action.
"By placing successive orders which allow continuous production, we can provide suppliers with the opportunity they crave, to drive their continual improvement and develop a sustainably competitive market position based on productivity and efficiency.
"This will secure jobs and investment in facilities up and down the country, and by creating long-term relationships we are not only able to work with them on our UK projects, but also enable them to export too."
Sascha Hofmeister, managing director of EEW OSB, said the latest contract win demonstrates Teesside's "valued relationship" with Orsted.
"This guarantees capacity utilisation until mid 2020 and secures the jobs of more than 180 employees, allowing us to continue to develop the capability and competitiveness of our Haverton Hill facility."
The remaining transition pieces will be manufactured by Bladt Industries, and all turbines will be manufactured by Siemens Gamesa, with the majority of blades manufactured at their facility in Hull. The contract win comes amid hopes for further growth in the offshore wind industry on Teesside. Able UK is planning to build a 72-hectare super site on the former SSI steelworks land which would combine assembly, installation and servicing of offshore wind turbines. The site could provide work for up to 600 people. | |Sirius wants 150 workers: Page 14
The deal will keep the EEW OSB facility at Haverton Hill open for years. Inset, the yellow transition pieces used in turbines