GE Renewable Energy to open manufacturing plant in Teesside

GE Renewable Energy plans to open a new blade manufacturing facility in Teesside with its LM Wind Power subsidiary setting up and operating the plant which will be dedicated to the production of its 107 metre long offshore wind turbine blades, a key component of GE’s Haliade-X offshore wind turbine.

The new plant, set to open and start production in 2023, could create up to 750 direct renewable energy jobs and up to 1,500 indirect jobs in the area to support the entire value chain needed to operate this facility. This announcement and commitment support the Government’s plan to develop jobs, infrastructure, and supply chains to reach its goal to commission 40GW of offshore wind power by 2030 and become a global leader in green energy.

As part of that plan, Teesside has just been designated as one of the UK’s new freeports. GE Renewable Energy’s new blade manufacturing plant will be located on Teesworks, serving the offshore wind potential of the North Sea.

Jerôme Pécresse, president and CEO of GE Renewable Energy said “This new plant will contribute to the development of an industrial cluster dedicated to offshore wind in the North East of England. We are delighted to announce such a commitment for the renewable energy industry, we believe it will help develop a strong talent pool through the hiring and more importantly training of future colleagues. The UK’s target to commission 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 is ambitious and requires that we invest in local production capabilities to accompany this effort.”

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