MORE than 60 jobs will be created at an engineering company which has just landed a multimillon-pound contract with a wind farm.
TAG Energy Solutions in Billingham has been awarded a contract to make 16 monopiles, each weighing 650 tonnes, and transition pieces for E.ON’s Humber Gateway offshore site. It is the first company to win that size of work for a project in British waters.
Chief executive Alex Dawson said: “This high-profile contract represents a significant achievement in TAG Energy Solutions’ development and the important role it plays in the manufacturing of components for the offshore renewables sector.
“E.ON has demonstrated its confidence in TAG Energy Solutions and British manufacturing and we are very proud to be part of one of the country’s flagship wind farm developments.”
The first steel is expected to arrive in March and the contract is planned to be completed by quarter four, 2013.
E.ON’s £736m Humber Gateway wind farm will consist of a 73 turbine array that will generate up to 219MW of electricity – enough energy to power 170,000 homes.
Edward Davey, UK secretary of state for energy and climate change, said: “I want to congratulate TAG Energy Solutions on becoming the first UK manufacturer to secure a contract of this kind for a wind farm in British waters. I hope that they are the first of many.
“The development of a thriving UK supply chain is vital to support our rapidly-growing offshore wind industry. The Government is working closely with industry to help fulfil its ambition to source at least half of all project content from within the UK. This will help build the lasting legacy of a strong domestic offshore wind manufacturing capability.”