Real depth in offshore capabilities
Offshore renewables is a sector highlighted for huge growth with more than £100bn of renewable energy investment planned in the UK.
It is anticipated that 800 new wind turbines will be erected in the UK by 2020 – that’s half of Europe’s total – and North East England is the ideal investment location from which to exploit these opportunities.
Our region has superb road and rail infrastructure links and logistics solutions at the Port of Tyne, Port of Sunderland and Port of Blyth.
140km out to sea, is the location for one of the UK’s biggest planned offshore wind farms at Dogger Bank.
Our development sites are next to deep water suitable for the full range of offshore wind requirements – the manufacture of foundations, jackets, cables, sub-stations and siting of operation and maintenance facilities.
The A&P Tyne Shipyard has the largest commercial dry dock on England’s east coast, with two deep water berths and modern fabrication facilities complete with a panel line, rolling, plasma and gas burning machines.
The Port of Blyth is a maximum of one day’s drive from all mainland destinations and is a strategic hub for many shipping firms looking to serve Northern England and Scotland.
It’s also home to the first offshore wind farm in the UK and the National Offshore Renewable Energy Centre Catapult research facility, is the UK’s flagship test facility for advancing the development of wind, wave and tidal power. The Port has four key existing property sites (Battleship Wharf, South Harbour, SUF Terminal, and Bates & Wimbourne Quay) plus three development sites (two with enterprise zone status).
Labour costs in our region are low and staff are loyal. It costs 25% less to employ an engineer in North East England compared to London, over 35% less than leading European cities and nearly 15% less than in Aberdeen.
And Northumberland College is training tomorrow’s workforce in offshore renewable skills at its Wind Turbine Technical Training Centre at the Port of Blyth. The centre provides access to a 27m high climbing tower for ‘working at height’, training technicians in servicing and maintaining wind turbines.