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PD Ports welcomes GE Renewable Energy announcement to bring blade plant to Teesport

Posted on 11 March 2021

PD Ports welcomes GE Renewable Energy announcement to bring blade plant to Teesport

PD Ports, welcomes today’s announcement by GE Renewable Energy to bring its blade manufacturing plant to Teesport creating 750 new jobs.

Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman, said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the Tees Valley and Teesport. As Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees, we recognise the many unique advantages Teesport has to offer global investors as the UK’s Northern gateway for global trade.

“This announcement further strengthens the reputation of Teesport and the first-class businesses that operate within the port complex along the River Tees - renowned as a national leader in renewable energy. In 2020, the Tees Valley received UK Government Core Status as a Centre of Renewable Engineering, which combined with direct access to the North Sea, deep water facilities, skilled labour, world-class infrastructure and supply chains, will undoubtedly be a catalyst for further major growth in this sector.”

The region’s key position within the offshore wind sector is cemented by its close proximity to one of the UK’s largest offshore wind projects, Dogger Bank.

Jerry continued: “GE’s commitment to the region builds on the number of world-class offshore manufacturers based in Teesport, including industry leading JDR Cables in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough-based Wilton Engineering and Able UK’s Seaton Port - the marshalling base for the world’s biggest windfarm, Triton Knoll, assembling 90 turbines at its Hartlepool yard.

“Of course, Teesside’s newfound Freeport status will undoubtedly be a contributing factor to securing GE Renewable Energy’s investment in our region, providing a major boost to the Northern economy and delivering the Government’s levelling-up agenda.

“It is an exciting time for our region and we are more determined than ever to continue to deliver growth and prosperity for the Tees Valley and to establish the River Tees as the UK’s most successful port region by 2050.”