A major new port – and thousands of jobs – are on the way after US industrial giant GE confirmed it will build its turbine blade factory on Teesside.
Around 3,000 jobs will be created after the Government announced an investment of up to £20m to develop the next generation of offshore wind projects on the banks of the Tees.
Construction will start on the Teesworks Offshore Manufacturing Centre later this year – including a heavy lift quay with the capacity for up to three offshore wind manufacturers at South Bank.
GE Renewables Energy has signed up for its new facility to be based at Teesworks, which will sit alongside the new port. It will make the river a major UK hub for offshore wind, with industry experts saying GE’s arrival will turn the former SSI steelworks site into a “high-tech clean energy powerhouse”.
Drax has begun the planning process for its proposals to scale up bioenergy with carbon capture (BECCS) arrays at its Yorkshire power plant. Drax first began capturing carbon from bioenergy processes in 2019
In a statement released on Monday (1 March), the firm confirmed that it will apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Government this month, in order to install the UK’s first commercial-scale BECCS array at its facility in Selby, North Yorkshire.
Drax first began capturing carbon from the bioenergy production process in early 2019, after working with C-Capture to pilot carbon capture technology. It then formed partnerships with firms including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to scale-up capture capacity and to supply captured carbon to industries including beverages and materials.
If the DCO is granted, Drax believes it will be able to capture eight million tonnes of CO2e every year using the new infrastructure.