It turned out that a number of local companies were seeing the opportunity to get involved in the construction of a huge new offshore wind farm at Teesworks.
The major supply chain event welcomed a total of 187 of Tees Valley’s biggest names from a range of sectors including Francis Brown, Lionweld Kennedy, Jacksons Law, Calm Digital and Seymour Civil Engineering.
Representatives from global pipe manufacturer SeAH Wind outlined how they can benefit from its £200-300million monopile production facility, which is being moved to Teesworks, where the large steel pipes that form the basis for the construction of offshore wind turbines are manufactured.
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Once commissioned, it will be the world’s largest monopile offshore wind turbine facility.
Work on the factory, which will create 1,500 jobs in the supply chain and during construction, is scheduled to begin in July.
SeAH Sales and Business Development Manager David Jack added: “SeAH Wind understands the importance of working with suppliers at all levels of the local supply chain. This event is a testament to the existing skills, expertise and willingness of suppliers not only from Teesside but from the UK in general to support our mega project.
“We are very grateful for the continued support from companies like NOF and TVCA to help SeAH connect with the right people. Now we are seriously focusing on the construction phase, knowing that we have the people and businesses at the local and national level who can take our project from the drawing board to reality.”
NOF, which provides comprehensive business development services for companies in the energy sector, hosted the event at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, with the support of the Mayor and the Tees Valley Combined Authority, who offered to cover the cost of tickets for companies based in the area.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Projects like SeAH Wind will bring tremendous benefits to our brilliant local businesses, helping them to grow and ultimately creating more jobs for people in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. With this event, SeAH Wind gives another vote of confidence in our region and the companies and competencies that we have right on our doorstep.
“In order to make the event open and accessible to as many of our companies as possible, we covered the cost of tickets, which was clearly right, as evidenced by the large number of attendees who took advantage of the event.
“I would also like to thank the NOF for supporting this opportunity and introducing companies far and wide to this huge and incredibly exciting project.”
Jamie Brown, CEO of Francis Brown, said: “This engagement event showed that SeAH Wind is genuinely committed to leveraging local businesses and expertise and actively encourages us to work with them as they move this massive project forward – it is not just lip service.
“It was a really valuable and rewarding event not only for our company but also for many others to really understand the scale and scope of the project. It was also great that these companies could be further supported with free tickets to ensure anyone who wanted to attend could do so.”
Joanne Leng MBE, Managing Director of NOF said: “NOF was proud to partner with SeAH and the Tees Valley Combined Authority on this event which attracted significant participation from local suppliers. This region has an outstanding, strong and innovative supply chain and I have no doubt that many of the companies in attendance will benefit from the opportunities presented by this new facility.
“SeAH is just one of the clients NOF is currently working with in this region. It is our intention to bring as many other projects and opportunities to the attention of the local supply chain as possible. Provided the local supply chain is both efficient and competitive, local projects should mean local orders.”