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How the Teesside brand is expanding.

THANKS to local manufacturing heritage and expertise, the phrase Made in Teesside has been stamped on global projects for many years.

From Sydney Harbour Bridge to the rebuilt Wembley Stadium, engineering excellence from Teesside has played a crucial role.

And the latest contribution to a development of international importance has now been completed.

EEW Offshore Structures Britain brought wind turbine manufacturing back to the Tees four years ago after taking over at Haverton Hill.

It has now has successfully shipped out the final distinctive yellow turbine pieces to the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

The firm has been a key supplier for Hornsea Project One, supplying 86 transition pieces to the monster wind farm off the Yorkshire coast, which will eventually power ONE MILLION homes.

Teesside's future in the sector looked bleak when old owner of the Port Clarence yard TAG Energy fell into administration in 2014 and the gates shut - seemingly - for good.

In a major turnaround, a joint venture set up by German company EEW SPC and Danish firm Bladt Industries A/S took over the yard and EEW OSB was born.

Today it is the only UK company that makes transition pieces; the striking, bright yellow bases of turbines.

And last autumn, the jobs of the 180 Teesside workers at the site were secured after EEW OSB agreed multi-million pound deals with a Danish offshore wind giant for the firm's first ever export order.

For the first time, the Tees yard has handled its last 30 TPs fully independently, without any input from its German parent EEW Special Pipe Constructions.

Sascha Hofmeister, managing director at EEW OSB, said: "This is testament to all of the hard work and dedication from the skilled and committed personnel from EEW OSB on Teesside."

Duncan Clark, project director for Hornsea One and Two, said: "As our offshore wind farms get bigger, there is more need than ever for UK supply chain companies to step up production capacity and efficiency, and make the most of the opportunities available and it's great to see this North-east manufacturing facility do just that.

"This facility's first order was for our Burbo Bank Extension and its first export contract was for our project in the Netherlands.

"The opportunities for UK companies in the offshore wind supply chain are huge and due to increase greatly as the global market expands".


A aerial view of the River Tees looking towards the Transporter Bridge GARY BECKETT

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 21, 2019
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