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Planning underway for Teesside wind base

An application has been submitted to establish a multi-million pound offshore marine energy park on the former SSI steelworks site on the the South Bank of Tees in Redcar, North Yorkshire. The project is being developed by Prism Planning which was engaged by Able UK, a British marine industrial services company.

Thai-based SSI (Sahaviriya Steel Industries) steelworks purchased the site in February 2011. The acquisition was expected to create more than 800 jobs on top of the existing workforce of 700 and the plant was officially reopened 15 April 2012. Due to the decline of steel prices production at the site was mothball in September 2015 and the SSIs UK subsidiary entered into liquidation.

Early-stage planning documents have been submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Council for the rejuvenation of the site. The project would provide a new base for the offshore wind sector, allowing for the import and assembly of the components. It includes the development of a new 950 metre long quay along the South Bank wharf, replacing the present derelict structure. On the site, components would be stored, assembled and shipped on to purpose-built vessels designed to for offshore wind installation.

In order to do this, new cranes would be built, including the most powerful conventional crawler crane in the world and a new rail crane, which would be more than twice as tall as the Transporter Bridge. It has been estimated that nearly 250 jobs would be created during the construction period and thereafter 600 permanent jobs for workers and management associated with the proposal.

The former SSI site located nearby the Dogger Bank wind farm zone. The
Dogger Bank wind farms consists of three offshore wind farm projects, Creyke Beck A and Creyke B, and Teesside A, located around between 148-214 km off the North East coast. SSE and Equinor each own a 50% share in each of the three projects, which have an individual capacity up to 1.2GW.

Furthermore, innogy is developing it 1400 MW  
Sofia offshore project roughly 165 km from the coast nearby the Dogger Bank projects. The project was granted its development consent order in August 2015 and is expected to take part in the government’s recently launched Contracts for Difference allocation round.

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