Tyne poised for offshore wind

'Heerema Aegir' Offshore vessel 'Heerema Aegir' at Port of Tyne. Credit Port of Tyne
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Offshore wind could provide 30% of Britain's electricity generation by 2030 and the UK’s Port of Tyne believes its location combined with recent investment means it is well placed to support this growing renewable energy sector.

Announcing that the ‘Tyne is right’ to utilise its location, within 100 nautical miles of Dogger Bank, Hornsea, Seagreen and Sofia, the Port of Tyne is increasing its offer to potential offshore wind manufacturers as it nears the final phase of a major investment programme to infill Tyne Dock and increase its commercial property portfolio.

Matt Beeton, Port of Tyne chief executive officer, 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.”

Minimal transit times

67 nautical miles from the Seagreen site (off the east coast of Scotland), 86 nautical miles from the Hornsea site (off the coast of Yorkshire) and 98 nautical miles from Sofia and Dogger Bank sites – the Port of Tyne is able to minimise transit times and service the needs of offshore wind developers.

It has lock free, unrestricted access to deep-sea berths adjacent to Enterprise Zone land, a developed supply chain cluster and direct rail connection to Newcastle International airport.

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