L-R: Graeme Crow, Jack Cook, Simon Cross, Alberto Via (all Metec) and Cllr John Anglin.
Jane Imrie

Growth on the horizon for Tyneside manufacturer with £5.5m offshore renewables contract wins

A South Tyneside firm has won a duo of contracts totalling £5.5m to manufacture equipment used in the offshore renewable energy industry.

Metec UK has won a pair of multi-million pound contracts to make sacrificial anodes for the long-term protection of steel jackets and foundations against corrosion, used in the offshore renewable energy industry.

Established in 2017, Metec UK, which has manufacturing facilities in South Shields and Tunisia, specialises in the manufacture of corrosion protection for high value subsea assets.

News of the contract wins - one off the coast of Scotland and two offshore substation jackets off the coast of France and Holland - comes as the firm announces the securing of a LNG terminal project, taking large project wins close to £10m for the year.

Alberto Via, Metec UK managing director, commented: “The last three years confirm that our decision to commit to the UK, and in particular to South Shields, was the right one.

“In a short space of time we have demonstrated Metec’s ability to support large, important and prestigious renewable energy projects throughout the UK and Europe - and much of that success is reflective of the North East workforce’s ability and attitude.

“With Government investment announcements for a number of offshore renewable technologies including Dogger Bank wind farms, renewables present a key opportunity to Metec and the North East region for employment - and we will be at the forefront of this exciting development.”

Cllr John Anglin, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, added: “We’ve watched Metec go from strength to strength, capitalising on the borough’s and the wider region’s worldwide reputation and unrivalled skillset in the field.

“The company is a fantastic example of a young business which is making great waves in the offshore energy sector and one which has a great future ahead of it.

“Metec’s contribution to producing cleaning energy, together with their environmental accreditations is outstanding, and is a great example of what can be achieved when we all work together towards our common goal of carbon neutrality. I shall be watching the firm’s future success with interest.”

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