More than 440 jobs in the offshore wind industry will be created or protected thanks to a £ 130million investment from government and private companies.

JDR Cable Systems will build a new factory near Blyth, Northumberland, employing around 170 people, and protect 270 jobs at its existing factory in Hartlepool.

The company has secured cash from the government’s offshore wind manufacturing investment support program.

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng (Victoria Jones / PA)

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The UK’s offshore wind sector is a great industrial success story, but we need to ensure that local workers and manufacturers take full advantage of the economic benefits of this booming industry.

“This major investment is a perfect example of how our transition to a low-carbon economy can attract new industries, create jobs, reduce our dependence on unreliable fossil fuels, and generate export opportunities as we let’s rebuild more ecologically after the pandemic. ”

The company’s chief executive, Tomasz Nowak, said developments in wind power required improved infrastructure.

He said: “As the energy transition accelerates and the UK’s offshore wind industry continues to thrive, turbines are growing and moving away from shore, requiring higher voltage submarine cables.

“We are delighted to consolidate our heritage as a leading supplier of submarine cables for the offshore energy sector by investing in this new facility.

The government is also launching a consultation on how to minimize the impact on local communities and the environment when power cables from offshore wind farms are connected onshore.

A more coordinated approach to projects could result in billions of pounds in savings for the industry, lower consumer bills and reduce environmental impact.

Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands said: “Our premier offshore wind sector provides clean energy to millions of people and opens up huge opportunities for growth. green, stimulates investment and creates thousands of high-quality jobs across the UK.

“We are committed to increasing this growth even further as we meet our aggressive climate change targets and reduce our exposure to volatile fossil fuels.

“But we want to hear people’s perspectives to make sure that connecting offshore wind farms doesn’t negatively impact communities and our precious coastal and marine environment.”