Able submits plan for windfarm construction port in Teeside

The site of the proposed development. Credit: Prism Planning/Able UK

Teesside, in the north of England, will get a new 72-hectare offshore wind hub if a new planning application by Able UK and Prism Planning is approved by the Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.

The area, located within the former SSI Steelworks site in Redcar, would be used to assemble and load the constituent components for wind turbines, including the foundation and topsides, and comprises facilities for 600 staff.

Necessary construction work would involve dredging the River Tees to enable heavy-lift vessels to access the facility from the North Sea, and approach, berth, load and turn there. Quays and loading areas are also included in the plan, as well as 156m crane. Though figures have not been settled on, the planning document suggests that work would entail an investment of more than £100 million.

“The broad aim of the development is to serve the renewable offshore marine energy sector, which is making a substantial contribution to a new secure, low carbon and balanced energy mix for the UK,” the document reads. “The sector is currently dominated by offshore wind turbines, which comprise a number of component parts manufactured at different locations by different suppliers. These individual parts need to be brought together at a construction port close to their offshore point of installation.

“Given the location of the North Sea offshore wind farms, the application site provides an optimal location for a number of offshore projects.”