Hartlepool Heerema in Cygnus gas field jobs boost

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A Teesside fabrication firm has announced 200 new jobs after winning an order to build part of four production platforms for a North Sea gas field.

Heerema said the deal would also secure 230 jobs at its Hartlepool yard.

The platforms will be used to explore and extract gas from the Cygnus field off the coast of Lincolnshire.

The contract, awarded by a consortium including British Gas owner Centrica, is part of a £375m deal involving several UK companies.

'Significant investment'

A company spokesman said: "The Cygnus project is an enormous boost for Hartlepool and the surrounding area and we are honoured to have been awarded this work.

"The new contract will deliver hundreds of jobs and will create up to three years of work in the yard.

"It furthermore ensures the expertise and tradition of offshore construction workmanship in this region."

A spokesman for Centrica added: "The Cygnus development represents a significant investment into infrastructure and jobs in the UK.

"Securing long-term energy security remains critically important."

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