GE pulls out of Teesside as SeAH begins factory build

GE Renewable Energy has shelved plans to build a wind turbine blade plant at the Teesworks development on Teesside, in the northeast of England.

The turbine manufacturer said it would not be proceeding with the plant at Teesside, which would have supplied Dogger Bank, but that it would still supply turbines to the wind farm. 

The company produces its flagship GE Haliade-X turbines in France but had planned to produce blades for this model at Teesside

Dogger Bank is currently under construction and due to be the largest offshore wind farm in the world once it is completed.

Meanwhile, at the same Teesside site, work has now officially begun on the construction of a £400m offshore wind turbine factory to produce monopiles.

Korean firm SeAH said it wants to build 150 turbine bases each year at the 90-acre former Redcar steelworks site and claimed that its new factory, which will create 750 jobs, is the largest offshore monopile factory in the world.