The Energy Central partnership has submitted a bid for UK Government funding to support a package of infrastructure work.
On October 6, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans to support new large-scale portside manufacturing hubs and requested submissions from suitable sites that could support next-generation offshore wind turbines and support ambitions in renewable energy deployment.
Energy Central, a partnership between Advance Northumberland, Port of Blyth, Northumberland County Council and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, has submitted its evidence to UK government in support of this development request.
This includes plans on developing the already recognised offshore energy and supply chain cluster, which includes more than 200HA of strategic, quay linked development sites
The Port of Blyth has access to open sea within 0.5NM with the cluster’s sites along the Blyth Estuary and benefits from easy access to the UK’s motorway network. It also has established freight rail access and has rapid links to Newcastle International Airport and the UK’s high-speed rail network via the East Coast Mainline.
North East England is a lead UK region for offshore energy and is recognised by the UK Government as having Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (CORE) status. It has a well-developed engineering supply chain and a highly skilled workforce with strong expertise in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
By Jake Frith