'Investment and jobs' as Able Seaton Port is transformed into multi-million pound wind turbine base

Work is under way to transform Able Seaton Port into a multi-million pound turbine base. It’s the first time the port will be able to handle turbines, ready for installation on the North Sea’s Triton Knoll in a “massive vote of confidence” that will “complete Able’s offshore wind CV”. The deal, with MHI Vestas Offshore, is a major step towards turning Teesside into a centre for offshore wind, triggering “new investment, growth and jobs[1]” for the area.

Able Seaton Port was chosen by the global firm in 2018 to be the offshore wind turbine pre-assembly base for Triton Knoll, which is currently the largest UK wind farm in construction.

Diggers are already on site at the port

The 90-turbine wind farm project and MHI Vestas are both investing in the works, to “enhance the port’s skill set and its future business appeal”. Once the work is finished, Billingham-based Able[2] UK will boast a full package of offshore wind farm capabilities, adding turbine handling to its existing experience of working with offshore foundations and major vessels. Able Seaton UK’s Peter Stephenson said: “We have enjoyed a long and constructive relationship with Triton Knoll and preparations for this exciting contract are now well underway.

It reflects another massive vote of confidence in the UK, ourselves and the Teesside supply chain. “The project effectively completes Able’s offshore wind CV and is very much the start of something that will continue to grow. “Government policy is successfully enabling growth across the offshore wind sector, with much of that potential on our very doorstep, we certainly aim to build on this fantastic opportunity.”

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Turbine handling equipment will be established at the port later in the year, where the turbine towers, blades and other parts will be made ready for transport to Triton Knoll by 2021.

Capable of powering a house for 29 hours[3] with just a single rotation of their 80-metre-long blades, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s turbines are among the largest operating anywhere in the world. The turbine towers stand at 89 metres high. Julian Garnsey, project director for Triton Knoll and Innogy, said: “It has always been our aim as a project to use our investment to help regional and UK businesses increase their competitiveness in the global market.

“We’re therefore delighted to have been the catalyst along with MHI Vestas for Able’s progression into turbine handling.      Looking ahead, the growth of offshore wind and the likely construction of so much new capacity off the east coast presents the region with a great opportunity to compete and bring new investment, growth and jobs into Teesside.”

'Investment and jobs' as Able Seaton Port is transformed into multi-million pound wind turbine baseThe works will “complete Billingham-based Able UK’s CV” in offshore wind

Diggers have already moved on-site to prepare the ground at Able Seaton Port, before access roads, office buildings and accommodation for a project team of around 50 people is established. Able UK lodged plans for a massive multi-million pound offshore wind turbine facility[4] at a 72-hectare site on former SSI steelworks[5] land last summer.

The huge investment at  South Bank[6] could deliver 600 jobs, combining assembly, installation and servicing of offshore wind turbines on one super-site. Meanwhile Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said last month Teesside is still the “preferred solution” for maintenance and operations for the Dogger Bank wind farm, 200 miles off the area’s coast. It is expected the Dogger Bank project, led by SSE and Equinor, will provide the UK with 3.6GW of clean, renewable power for decades to power over 4.5m homes every year.

The firms are due to make their “final investment decision” in 2020.

References

  1. ^ jobs (www.gazettelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Billingham-based Able (www.gazettelive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Capable of powering a house for 29 hours (www.gazettelive.co.uk)
  4. ^ massive multi-million pound offshore wind turbine facility (www.gazettelive.co.uk)
  5. ^ SSI steelworks (www.gazettelive.co.uk)
  6. ^ South Bank (www.gazettelive.co.uk)

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