£95m Humber and Teesside offshore wind projects to create 6,000 new jobs
The government has unveiled plans for two new multi-million pound ports set to create thousands of jobs across the North.
Two new ports on the Humber and on Teesside set to build the next generation of offshore wind projects will be constructed as part of an up to £95m investment.
Able Marine Energy Park, on the South Bank of the River Humber, will receive up to £75m government investment, and Teesworks Offshore Manufacturing Centre, on the River Tees, will benefit from up to £20m.
Together these new ports will have the capacity to house up to seven manufacturers to support the development of the next-generation offshore wind projects, and will create around 3,000 new jobs each.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson commented: “During the Industrial Revolution over 200 years ago, wind powered the sails of ships from the Humber and Teesside trading goods around the world.
“Now the Humber and Teesside will put the wind in the sails of our new green industrial revolution, building the next generation of offshore wind turbines whilst creating 6,000 new green jobs in the process.
“Our multi-million-pound investment in these historic coastal communities is a major step towards producing the clean, cheap energy we need to power our homes and economy without damaging the environment.”
Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: “The offshore wind sector is a major British industrial success story, providing cheap, green electricity while supporting thousands of good-quality jobs.
“While the UK has the largest installed capacity of offshore wind in the world, we are determined to ensure we are fully capturing the economic benefits in this country.
“To ensure our businesses, supply chain and high-skilled workforce can fully share in the sector’s success, today’s investment in the Humber region and Teesside will put the UK in pole position to land new offshore wind investors.
“In the process it will ramp up our domestic manufacturing base and create thousands of good jobs in our industrial heartlands.”
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