Some 120 new jobs are to be created in Hartlepool as part of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm project.
The roles will be based at Able Seaton Port during the construction of the turbines, which will be installed in the North Sea in 2023, creating the world's largest offshore wind farm.
The port will act as a base for service equipment, installation and commissioning activities.
It has also been announced that around 120 long-term jobs, out of 200 previously announced, will be based out of the Port of Tyne, where the wind farm's new operations and maintenance team will be located.Copyright: Dogger Bank Wind FarmQuote Message: It’s a massive vote of confidence for the company and the UK.Quote Message: We are delighted that 120 skilled jobs will be based here at the port, in this exciting and growing industry." from Peter Stephenson Able UK’s executive chairman
Dogger Bank Wind Farm will see 190 wind turbines installed off the north-east coast, split into two lots of 95 for each of the first two phases of the project.
Once operating it will be capable of powering up to 4.5m homes each year when complete in 2026.
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