The Port of Tyne has launched its new green energy park for the north east region of the UK during the Offshore Wind North East Conference.
The Tyne clean energy park has already welcomed its first tenant and will create a convenient, versatile strategic base for the region’s rapidly growing renewable energy sector, the Port said in a statement.
The Port of Tyne’s new clean energy park will play an important role in supporting the government’s goal to power every UK home with offshore wind electricity.
Located on 4 sites, the Port of Tyne is one of only two deep seaports in the north east region.
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Offering sites and berths to accommodate deep drafted vessels with no beam restriction, Port and Tyne Clean Energy Park users will benefit from unrestricted, lock free access to berths with 13.0m of depth alongside.
The Port is a safe haven for offshore wind operators and other renewables specialists that is open 24/7, 365 days a year, during all tide states, the statement said.
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 success provided the catalyst for further land clearance to free up additional space for renewable energy tenants. The new Tyne Clean Energy Park will provide an infrastructure catering for all renewable energy production needs, with a total of 200 acres of land soon to become available within the park’s perimeters. Attracting tenants to Tyneside is expected to create thousands of jobs.
By choosing the Tyne Clean Energy Park as a commercial base, renewables businesses joining quinor will have a unique opportunity to co-locate every aspect of their supply chains – from manufacturing and assembly operations to installation and maintenance activities.
The Port’s unique location on the River Tyne provides safe and efficient marine access to existing offshore wind farm sites including Dogger Bank, Seagreen and Sofia, plus outstanding air, road and rail transport links to the rest of the UK and beyond.
Matt Beeton, CEO at Port of Tyne says: “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.”