Investment Strengthens Northeast England’s Position as Major Offshore Hub
The Port of Tyne in northeast England has received a £4 million grant for its Tyne Dock Enterprise Park, an investment that will strengthen the port’s position as a major offshore wind hub.
Awarded through the UK government’s Getting Building Fund, the capital has been used to upgrade the site’s quayside to enable multiple offshore wind vessels to berth alongside Tyne Dock Enterprise Park. The investment has also been used to build a new access road linking the park to the Port of Tyne.
The port itself has already spent £2.1 million on the 7.1-hectare site, which is home to a recently launched logistics base for the Equinor-operated Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind project.
“The modernisation of Tyne Dock – and the creation of Tyne Renewables Quay – provides a major wind hub to support the region’s role in the green industrial revolution taking place in the North Sea,” said Matt Beeton, CEO of the Port of Tyne.
“Tyne Dock sits at the centre of a growing clean energy cluster that is supporting businesses build out and maintain the country’s major offshore wind farm development areas at Dogger Bank and Sofia.”
The first three phases of Dogger Bank – Dogger Bank A, B and C – are a joint venture between Equinor, SSE Renewables and Vargronn. Located more than 130 km off the UK’s Yorkshire coast, the 3.6-GW project will be capable of powering up to 6 million homes.
Onshore building work began in 2020 and is now underway for all three phases, while offshore construction on Dogger Bank A began last spring. First power from Dogger Bank A and B is slated for summer 2023 and summer 2024, respectively.
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PHOTO CREDIT: Port of Tyne