A WIND turbine parts maker has secured a new contract to strengthen its ties with an energy supplier.

Offshore Structures (Britain) will make transition pieces for Dong Energy’s Hornsea Project One windfarm.

The deal represents another coup for Offshore Structures, which has rejuvenated the former Tag Energy Solutions plant, on the River Tees, at Haverton Hill, near Billingham.

Last year, The Northern Echo exclusively revealed the company was just days away from shipping transition pieces, which sit upon turbine monopiles and include platforms, boat landing areas and cable housing, to Dong’s Burbo Bank Extension, in Liverpool Bay.

The firm’s order book also includes 40 further pieces of equipment for Dong’s Walney Extension windfarm, based off the Cumbrian coast.

According to bosses, the Hornsea deal will see Offshore Structures, which employs around 200 staff, make 56 transition pieces in the region.

A remaining 40 will be made in Denmark by owner Bladt Industries.

Jan Kjærsgaard, Bladt chief executive, said: “We are very pleased to take part in Hornsea and are particularly happy to receive yet another order for our Teesside facility.

“Since the decision to invest in Offshore Structures in 2015, we have undertaken a full upgrade and employed close to 200 employees.”

Duncan Clark, Hornsea Project One programme director, said Offshore Structures had proven its ability during the previous two orders, leaving officials very confident it would deliver once again.

He said: “We’re delighted to be working with Offshore Structures once more and proud to play a part in bringing life into factories like this.

“It’s great to see the figures increasing - this order is three-and-a-half times the size of our initial order with Offshore Structures in 2015.”

Mr Clark added Hornsea, based off the East Yorkshire coast, will provide power for more than one million homes.

Offshore Structures, founded by Bladt and Germany's EEW Special Pipe Constructions, moved into Teesside when Tag, which delivered foundation poles for the Humber Gateway windfarm, collapsed.

The plant was mothballed after the firm was put up for sale and staff were paid off when orders thinned.

The business had previously received grants from the Government and development agency One North East.