AN application has been made for a licence to begin work along the River Tees which will pave the way for a £90million quay.

Plans are in place to build a 1km heavy-lift quay at the South Bank area of the Teesworks site, which forms part of proposals aimed at developing the region's offshore wind industry.

A marine licence is required for crews to begin work along the riverbank and in the River Tees.

The scheme will see the demolition of the existing wharf, jetties and other structures – including an electrical substation – along the river.

Dredging will also take place to deepen parts of the river, needed to accommodate vessels and create a berthing area where they can dock

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “The South Bank Quay is a huge opportunity to add to our clean energy plans for Teesworks by capitalising on the offshore wind sector alongside our other groundbreaking developments such as Net Zero Teesside’s carbon capture, utilisation and storage scheme."