UK XXL Monopile Factory Moves Closer to Construction

SeAH Wind Ltd, a subsidiary of South Korea’s pipe manufacturer SeAH Steel Holdings, has submitted plans for its proposed GBP 300 million XXL monopile factory to be built on Teesside in Northeast England.

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The 40-metre-tall building, part of the Teesside’s Freeport, will sit on a 90-acre site adjacent to Teesworks GBP 107 million heavy-lift South Bank Quay.

SeAH Wind Ltd recently changed the location where the monopile factory will be built from Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) on the South Bank of the Humber to Teesworks. The reasons were not disclosed.

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The company secured government funding to build the facility in July 2021.

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According to Teesworks, the factory will create 1,500 jobs in the supply chain and during construction when work begins in July.

Once fully operational in 2026, it is expected that the factory will create additional 750 roles.

SeAH Wind Ltd will also hold an event on 20 April at Sedgefield’s Hardwick Hall to meet local supply chain companies to let them know how they can get involved in the work, being led by construction consultants K2 Consultancy.

“After acknowledging a solid and stronger business relationship, SeAH Wind and Teesworks have decided to set out a long journey together.  I am sure that the remaining work will go smoothly with the support of TVCA and our local partners.  Bringing UK’s first monopile manufacturing facility is a very meaningful and significant project to the UK offshore wind industry,” said Joosung Lee, President and CEO of SeAH Steel Holdings.

In November 2021, Ørsted announced a multi-million pound agreement to be the first and lead customer for monopile foundations manufactured at the planned UK facility of SeAH Wind Limited.

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The deal, subject to securing a Contract for Difference and Final Investment Decision (FID) for the 2.4 GW Hornsea Three offshore wind farm, will feature the first-ever monopiles produced in the UK.

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