Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Northern Port Invests in Support of Offshore Wind Power

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UK – As Britain moves inexorably to the low carbon future as promised by the government, so the importance of natural energy assumes a greater role in the daily lives of everyone in the country. With offshore wind power now supplying a sizeable portion of this naturally sourced energy so the fight is on for a bigger share of the market to ship parts and services out to the offshore facilities.

One of only two deep-sea ports in North East England, the Port of Tyne says it is making further progress to prepare its site for offshore wind manufacturers. As round four of the tender process by the Crown Estate, which is responsible for awarding seabed rights for offshore renewable energy projects, nears completion the Port of Tyne is investing substantially in the third phase of clearance and remediation of Tyne Dock Enterprise Park.

The port management says the site offers easy access to deep-sea berths and associated port services whilst it is situated closer than any other port to seven of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms, including being within 100 nautical miles of the Dogger Bank, Hornsea, Seagreen and Sofia facilities, making it perfectly placed to support the needs of offshore wind developers.

The latest phase in the Port’s infrastructure programme sees the demolition of a 2,000 square metre elevated platform, and ancillary work to further clear the site after the Port of Tyne reclaimed 30 acres of land and invested almost £10 million in making Tyne Dock Enterprise Park ‘offshore ready’. Matt Beeton, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Offshore Wind is a sector in which the North East has particular strengths and an area of strategic importance for the regional economy, with the potential to build on our already globally important offshore energy and subsea cluster. Tyne Dock Enterprise Park offers unrivalled access to the East Coast development sites, direct rail connectivity to Newcastle and an international airport, major road networks and multiple riverside berths.”

The Port of Tyne will be joining over 9,000 wind industry professionals in Copenhagen this November, as it attends the Wind Europe Offshore conference and exhibition, catch up with the team at Renewable UK Pavilion stand ED-50.