Tom Blenkinsop MP “Disappointed” as Tees Industry Loses out on the Redcar Offshore Windfarm

Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, today expressed “disappointment” over news that Teesside-based company TAG Energy Solutions has lost out to a Belgian company on a contract to supply parts to the wind farm being constructed off the Redcar coast.

Tom said: “The demand for sustainable energy sources should have been a fantastic opportunity for business and jobs in Teesside, so this news is very disappointing.

I would have hoped that since the windfarm is being built off Redcar, that EDF Energy Renewables would have given strong consideration to using local industry for parts such as the monopiles.

The Government has failed to take the necessary action to ensure that those building windfarms in Britain and in British waters use British suppliers. At the moment, they are simply not providing the economic benefit that they should be.

I will be writing to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to ask him to look at the way in which procurement decisions are made. I will discuss this matter with my colleagues in the Shadow Energy team.”

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