Work has begun on construction of a temporary cofferdam at Northumberland Energy Park Phase 1 in Blyth in the northeast of England, work that will enable the construction of a new dock
Northumberland Energy Park is part of Energy Central*, a port-based service, investment and growth cluster for companies operating in the offshore energy and subsea markets.
The site is strategically located for offshore energy developments in the North Sea, including Round 3 offshore wind projects at Dogger Bank, Hornsea and the Firth of Forth. In addition, Northumberland Energy Park is situated close to the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult at Blyth, which operates what is claimed to be the largest concentration of multi-purpose offshore renewable energy test and research facilities in the world.
The energy park will provide an investment opportunity for manufacturing and engineering companies who supply products and services to the UK’s growing offshore wind industry, which is being supported by the UK Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal.
The new dock, which is being funded by a £32M (US$41Bn) public sector investment is an extension of the current dock facilities. Work is set to be completed by May 2021.
The dock will allow companies locating to Northumberland Energy Park Phase 1 to benefit from direct quay access to a 50 m x 210 m deepwater berth on the River Blyth. Dredging work will increase its current depth of 5.0 LAT to 9.0 LAT, and the dock will have jack-up barge vessel capability.
Nearby Battleship Wharf, which is also part of the Energy Central cluster, offers an additional four deepwater berths, and there are additional marine facilities at The Port of Blyth, which has access to open sea within 0.5 NM.
Northumberland Energy Park Phase 1 is situated on the site once occupied by the Blyth Power Station facility, a pair of coal-fired power stations which were demolished between 2001 and 2003. It offers 36 hectares of development land, including an 11.12 hectares North East Enterprise Zone site, where businesses receive up to 100% capital allowance for investment in plant and equipment.
Further development is planned for the 35 hectare Northumberland Energy Park Phase 2 and the 95 HA Northumberland Energy Park Phase 3.
*Energy Central is a partnership between Advance Northumberland, Port of Blyth, Northumberland County Council and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. It offers nearly 200 HA of strategic, quay linked development sites.
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