Port of Tyne launches green energy hub for renewables sector

A GREEN energy park is being launched for the region - giving the renewables sector unrestricted, 24/7 marine access. Port of Tyne is using the Offshore Wind North East conference as the forum to launch its latest commercial venture, the Tyne Clean Energy Park which has already welcomed its first tenant. Bosses say it will create a convenient, versatile strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector and will play an important role in supporting the Government's goal to power every UK home with offshore wind electricity.

Located on four sites, the Port of Tyne is one of only two deep sea ports in the North-East region and offers sites and berths to accommodate deep drafted vessels with no beam restriction. Earlier in 2020, the Port was selected as Equinor's flagship operations and maintenance base, for what will become the world's largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank. This provided the catalyst for further land clearance to free up additional space for renewable energy tenants, with a total of 200 acres of land soon to become available.

Attracting tenants to Tyneside is expected to create thousands of jobs. The River Tyne is already home to an existing offshore cluster, including South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders Projects, Shepherd Offshore and TechnipFMC, contributing to a well-established offshore energy supply chain.

This existing infrastructure should increase the Port of Tyne's suitability as a commercial base for renewables manufacturers, operators and servicing providers and the area has a good local pool of offshore energy industry professionals with highly transferable skills for the renewables sector. Matt Beeton, CEO at Port of Tyne, said: "Tyne Clean Energy Park provides a fantastic opportunity for companies in the renewables sector who are looking for a long term operational base. "We are absolutely committed to becoming a low carbon industrial hub and supporting innovation, so launching a green business hub at the Port is a natural evolution of our vision."

Commercial director Simon Brett added: "There are three distinct supply chains relating to the offshore wind farm lifecycle involving component manufacture, construction services and operations.

"Each one of these requires different levels of investment, from plant and infrastructure to labour resourcing and all of it will be accommodated at the Tyne Clean Energy Park - it's an excellent opportunity for businesses looking to expand their activities."

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