About 200 renewable energy jobs could be lost as French energy engineering firm Technip threatens to close its wind operations in the UK.
The closure, suggested by Technip Offshore Wind Limited following a review of its business, would affect workers at Technip’s sites in Aberdeen and Gateshead as well as some offshore installations.
"As part of its aim to deliver profitable and long-term growth, Technip can confirm that it has undertaken a review of its business in the offshore wind sector,” a Technip spokeswoman said.
"Following this review, the group is proposing that its business unit, Technip Offshore Wind Limited, based in the UK, will close following the completion of all projects.”
The spokesman said the company examined all viable options and is now launching consultations with employee representatives before a final decision is taken.
"The business review of this highly-specialised activity stems from a combination of factors, including Technip's priority to deliver long-term growth," the spokesman said.
Technip has pledged to fulfil all of its UK contracts if the decision to close is approved following staff consultation, including work on the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre project (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay.