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£31.5m offshore factory planned for England

UK: Steel producer Corus is to build a £31.5million wind component manufacturing plant in the northeast of England.

Corus is looking to take advantage of the growing UK offshore sector
Corus is looking to take advantage of the growing UK offshore sector

The factory, which will be based in Redcar, Teeside, will produce monopiles for the foundations of offshore wind turbines. The company believes the facility will create around 220 jobs.

Corus said the aim was to establish an early foothold in the UK’s offshore market. However, he added the development of the plant was dependent on securing enough orders. It will be redeveloping empty buildings on its 3000-acre Teeside site to house the facility.

Chris Elliot, Corus director of product marketing, said: "The UK Government has approved ambitious plans to build thousands of wind turbines at sea over the next 10 years. They are intended to generate 35GW of electricity – around 15% of the UK’s energy requirements. Similar developments are taking place in other European countries.

"In the UK alone, we estimate that about 6 million tonnes of steel will be needed over the next 10 years to make the foundations and tower structures for offshore wind turbines. We are positioning ourselves to take full benefit of these opportunities."

Northern England has been the beneficiary of the UK's offshore ambitions in terms of manufacturing facilities and job creation. This includes:

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