Feature, Freight News, Sea

The Tyne is right for wind-power

[ May 20, 2019   //   ]

The Port of Tyne is marketing itself as a hub for the offshore wind industry. It is nearing the final phase of a programme to infill Tyne Dock and increase its commercial property portfolio and is within 100 nautical miles of the Dogger Bank, Hornsea, Seagreen and Sofia sites, it says.

Chief executive officer, Matt Beeton said: “The £3 million programme to complete Tyne Dock infill will result in 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.”

North East LEP chair, Andrew Hodgson,  added: “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.

“The government has recognised these strengths, with the North East being selected as one of the geographical clusters of the industry which the sector deal will focus on, and be delivered through, providing support across areas including skills, innovation and infrastructure.”