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Corus plant revived to supply wind farms

Steel giant Corus, which made 1,600 workers in Redcar redundant in February, has announced it is creating a business at the Teesside site to supply offshore wind farms.

It said the move might create 220 jobs at the site of the casting plant the firm shut earlier in the year, where building work has begun on a factory to make steel for fixing wind turbines to the bottom of the sea.

The redundancies and factory closure in February ended a 170-year history of steel-making at the site.

Corus said if it gets enough orders for its new factory, it will advertise for 220 jobs, for which former Redcar workers can apply.

“In the UK alone, we estimate that about 6Mt of steel will be needed over the next 10 years to make the foundations and tower structures for offshore wind turbines. We are positioning ourselves to take full benefit of these opportunities” said the firm’s product marketing chief Chris Elliot.

Steel for the wind farm structures, known as monopiles, will be produced in some disused buildings on the Redcar site after they are re-equipped, the company said.

The new business will not influence any negotiations over the Teesside factory site, for which a buyer is still being sought, according to Corus.

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