GE Renewable Energy has secured planning approval for its offshore wind blade manufacturing facility in Teesside, UK, from the local planning authority.

The facility will be built on the South Bank of Teesworks and operated by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business.

LM Wind Power president and CEO Olivier Fontan said: “We are delighted to have received this important approval from the local planning authorities and are thankful for the collaboration between all parties involved, including Teesworks and the South Tees Development Corporation.

“There is still a lot of work in front of us but this [is] an important milestone for the construction and future opening of the facility.

“We are proud of the contribution we will be making in rejuvenating this industrial cluster and helping it play a key role in future of renewable energy.”

Construction works at the site are expected to begin later this year subject to contractual documents being finalised.

Once completed, the plant will produce 107m long offshore wind turbine blades, the key component of GE’s Haliade-X offshore wind turbine.

The project is expected to create 750 direct jobs and an additional 1,500 indirect jobs to support the factory’s whole supply chain.

Wind turbine blades produced at the factory will be supplied to the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.

Once completed in 2026, the wind farm’s three phases will have a combined installed generation capacity of 3.6GW, enough to power six million UK homes.

The offshore wind facility will be the world’s largest once it is operational.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm project director Steve Wilson said: “This important milestone brings us a step closer to the installation of UK-manufactured turbine blades on the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

“We’re proud to be the anchor project for this world-leading LM Wind Power facility, which offers long-term benefits to Teesside and the wider UK supply chain.”