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Local contracts are in the pipeline for renewable energy companies on Teesside

August 17, 2011 1:08 PM

EDF Energy Renewables have recently announced the first contracts for the offshore wind farm in Redcar and explained that more construction work will be coming to the area in the coming months as this project gets underway. EDF expect that the construction phase will include local contractors, which is good news for the area.

Ian commented "It is sad that we still don't have the ability to construct Wind Farms in the UK alone. The last government stopped the ''public interest'' tests on takeovers in 2002 and this meant that most of our energy industry is foreign owned. They also failed to encourage a UK based manufacturing industry"

"I welcome this Governments efforts to rectify this situation and ensure that we are, as a country, set up in the future to be able to build renewable energy facilities here in the UK."

He continued:

"I am delighted to hear that Stokesley based firm MPI have been appointed as a management contractor for this project, and I know that the details of this contract do give local firms the chance to bid for some of this work. This is a welcome step and one I hope will benefit our region."

"I have recently met with both the CEO's of EDF and EDF Renewables on two separate occasions , where I spoke at length to them about providing local companies with the opportunity to compete for contracts where they have the correct materials and skills available. I hope that these conversations mean that we see more local companies being awarded contracts."