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One of Teesside’s most exciting industrial projects is changing the face of the massive Teesport site off the A66.
The £650m Teesside Renewable Energy Plant (TeesREP), will be fuelled by wood chip and pellets and by around 2020 will generate electricity for the equivalent of 600,000 homes, creating hundreds of construction jobs and then more than 100 full time roles. Interest has been so high that a new website has been set up to deal with job enquiries -.
MGT Power, the company running the site, has just opened their doors for the first time, to show the remarkable progress, with the site dotted with cranes and earth-moving machinery.
Looking out over the area at the side of the towering Tees Steel Export Terminal, Dave Thorman, the Deputy Project Director for principal contractor Tecnicas Reunidas, said progress so far had been impressive, starting with a huge clean-up.
“Now we have done about 2,000 of the 4,800 piles needed on the site, which go down about 18, 19 or 20 metres until they are on the bedrock and then provide the foundations for the main buildings.
“The site was ideal because it was right next to the port, and in an area where there was permitted development, so the piles could come first, then the foundations and then the structural steel. The silos that hold the biomass will be about 36m high, then next to that will be the boiler which will be about 75m and the flue from that will be 93m high.”
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Ben Elsworth, chief executive of MGT Teesside, said: “We looked around the whole country, but we came here because it is a world-class port and a world-class industrial cluster.
“It has taken us so long to get to this stage, and there has been so much hard work, that it is fantastic to be able to see all that is going on at the site and to show people around. The level of support we have had has been so important to us - and is one of the reasons we came here. We did our homework on the schedule and on the capabilities of the plant and we are right on target with that.”
Commenting on protesters who had claimed that a large proportion of the TeesREP workforce was being sourced from outside the UK, Ben told The Gazette: “We don’t take things like this lightly, but they got it wrong - we only have UK Labour on this site and the opportunities are always there for local people, and we care about that.
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Redcar MP Anna Turley said the site represented “a real vote of confidence” in Teesside.
She told The Gazette: “It is really exciting to see spades going into the ground here. There are great opportunities for local people and a £600million investment in Teesside and the local supply chain. As a region, we have to be looking fifteen or twenty years ahead because of the amount of potential on this side of the river. We could be on the cusp of a new industrial renaissance.”
“There has been a lot of industrial decline in this area in the last 30 years or so and it feels like we are starting to turn the tide on that and it is great that The Gazette are backing that with the Invest in Teesside campaign. If we all pull together we can make this a real beating heart in Britain for the future of our industry.”