A hundred new jobs will be created at Corus's Hartlepool pipe mill, some of which could be filled by former staff from the company's mothballed Teeside plant.
The positions will be generated by a £200m contract the steel giant secured today with Total and its partner Dong Energy to supply pipes for the new gas fields the two companies are developing in Scotland.
Bob Jones, a Corus spokesman, confirmed the ‘cross-matching’ opportunities at TCP. “We identify job opportunities elsewhere in the group for employees affected by the partial mothballing of Teesside. [It] will be helped by the 100 jobs created at Hartlepool by this contract.”
About 1,600 people were affected by the mothballing of Teesside Cast Products (TCP) in February.
The Laggan and Tormore off-shore gas fields, which will cost £2.5bn and produce one trillion cubic feet of gas, will require 520 km of pipes. The contract, awarded to Corus, will also safeguard 250 jobs at Hartlepool.
The deal was signed in the presence of Lord Mandelson, who said: “This is excellent news for the Corus workforce at Hartlepool. Through their hard work they have won a prestigious contract to supply pipes for Total’s development of gas fields in Shetland”
Corus CEO, Kirby Adams, expressed his delight saying that, “Corus’s world-class large-diameter Hartlepool pipe facility has been recognised through the awarding of this contract. The securing of jobs and the creation of new ones at Hartlepool are particularly welcome.”