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Sembcorp Energy UK reveals 70-job plans for “Europe’s largest battery energy storage system”

A power firm has revealed plans to create “Europe’s largest battery energy storage system”.

Sembcorp Energy UK aims to build a 360MW hub at its base on the Wilton International complex, near Redcar, which it says will help the UK meet net-zero targets.

Bosses say the move will create 70 jobs, “help ensure the resilience of the electricity network, and further enable the increasing growth of renewables”.

Sembcorp already operates 70MW of batteries, with a further 50MW due to become operational in early 2022.

The firm says its units can supply power and other services to the national grid in milliseconds.

Andy Koss, Sembcorp Industries’ UK and Middle East chief executive, said: “Now, more than ever, flexible energy sources play an increasingly important role in maintaining secure and reliable energy supplies.

“With a growing reliance on renewables, the UK energy system needs to be flexible and able to respond quickly to changes.

“Sembcorp Energy UK is committed to accelerating the energy transition with sustainable solutions, such as batteries.

“Additionally, the location of 360MW of batteries at Wilton International strengthens Teesside’s green regeneration and position as a hub of low-carbon innovation in the North East.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen added: “This is fantastic news that further cements our region’s reputation as ground zero for net-zero.

“Since the Industrial Revolution, the ingenuity of Teessiders has spearheaded the development of new technologies.

“The message is clear: if you want to pioneer low-carbon innovation, then come to Teesside.”