Corus today unveiled plans to construct a new £31.5m manufacturing plant which would potentially create 220 jobs.

Preliminary engineering work is underway at the Corus Redcar site to develop a new facility to produce steel foundation structures – called monopiles – used to secure offshore wind turbines to the seabed.

Jon Bolton, Corus Long Products Director, explained that the company is moving now in order to establish its position in this emerging market.

He said: “The development of a new plant is dependent on us securing enough orders for monopiles.

"Our engineers will be carrying out work in Teesside over the coming weeks to give us a head start on creating a new facility.”

The intention is to redeploy and re-equip redundant buildings on the company’s 3,000-acre Teesside site for monopile production and shipment of the structures which can weigh as much as 650 tonnes.