ENGINEERING jobs safeguarded as Teesside company secures latest offshore wind farm contract.

EEW OSB, which manufactures transition pieces (TPs) for wind farms, has entered the international market after signing up to supply products to a company based in the Netherlands.

The multi-million pound contract with Ørsted means 180 staff will have job security until next year.

Sascha Hofmeister, Managing Director of EEW OSB, said: “The facility’s first UK order, for 16 transition pieces, came from Ørsted for its Burbo Bank Extension project and Ørsted has steadily increased its order numbers since then, including for around half of the TPs for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project One.

"By placing orders for a significant number of TPs for each project, Ørsted has supported the establishment of the facility and its ability to ramp up its operations, which has culminated in this contract to supply its Dutch offshore wind farm.

“We are excited to be exporting abroad for the first time. The offshore wind industry is clearly growing globally and having firmly established ourselves as trustworthy suppliers for Ørsted’s UK projects, we are of course delighted to be working with them again.”

Matthew Wright, Ørsted UK managing director, added: "Supply chain companies are already exporting to 22 countries and the value from UK offshore wind exports is expected to grow five times by 2030.

"Offshore wind is a rapidly growing industry that can be the backbone of our future energy system, and there are so many opportunities."