Announcing that the Port is right to use its location, within 100 nautical miles of Dogger Bank, Hornsea, Seagreen and Sofia, the Port of Tyne is increasing its offer to future offshore wind manufacturers.
In fact, it is now nearing the final phase of a major investment programme to infill Tyne Dock and increase its commercial property portfolio. As Matt Beeton, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, said, the £3 million programme to complete Tyne Dock infill will lead to an additional 30 acres of land with deep-sea quayside access to support offshore wind.
The demolition of a number of buildings means our latest infrastructure programme provides increased storage capacity at Tyne Dock Enterprise Park, which already has excellent multimodal connectivity by sea, road and rail and offers all the benefits of Enterprise Zone status
As it is just 67 nautical miles from the Seagreen site, off Scotland, 86 nautical miles from the Hornsea site, off Yorkshire, and 98 nautical miles from Sofia and Dogger Bank sites, the Port of Tyne is able to limit transit times.
The Port plans to support the increasing needs of the offshore energy sector with lock free, unrestricted access to deep-sea berths near to Enterprise Zone land, a developed supply chain cluster and direct rail connection to Newcastle International airport.
Andrew Hodgson, North East LEP Chair, mentioned:
Offshore Wind is a sector in which the North East has particular strengths and our Strategic Economic Plan identifies offshore wind as an area of strategic importance for the North East, with the potential to create more and better jobs for the region and to build on our already globally important offshore energy and subsea cluster