£ 130million offshore wind cable plant will create 170 new jobs in Northumberland



Plans have been announced for a £ 130million plant making cables for offshore wind farms on the Northumberland coast, which will create 170 new jobs and preserve 270 others in the region.

JDR Cables, which already has sites in Newcastle and Hartlepool, will build the plant in Cambois, near Blyth.

The development will be partly funded by a grant from the government’s offshore wind manufacturing investment support program and will be located near the massive Britishvolt battery factory.

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When completed, it will be the only facility in the UK capable of producing start-to-finish high voltage submarine cables for offshore wind farms, supporting the growing – and increasingly lucrative – renewable energy market.

JDR and its parent company, the TFK Group, hope to mobilize the remainder of the project’s funding from financial institutions and the UK government’s export finance program.

The program’s announcement follows a report that highlighted the North East as one of the regions best positioned to benefit from the UK’s green job creation push.

Tomasz Nowak, CEO of JDR, said: “As the energy transition accelerates and the UK’s offshore wind sector continues to thrive, wind turbines are growing and moving away from shore, requiring sub-cables. higher voltage sailors.

“We are delighted to consolidate our heritage as a leading supplier of submarine cables for the offshore energy sector by investing in this new facility. We are also delighted to continue our investment in the North East of England and bring new jobs to Cambois, Blyth and Northumberland. Our proposed facility is strategically located to capitalize on the rapidly growing and largest offshore renewable energy market in Europe. ”

The 69,000 m² facility will occupy the site of the former Blyth coal-fired power station, which has been set aside for green energy uses.

Battery-electric company Britishvolt wants to build its factory on the plant’s former coal yards, although it will need to raise more than £ 1 billion to make its plans a reality.

Both developments have been hailed for helping push the UK towards net zero as the UK prepares to host the COP26 summit in Glasgow later this year.

The plans were welcomed by councilor Jeff Watson, president of development organization Advance Northumberland, who said: industry. We are delighted that JDR is able to make this announcement and will continue to support them as the program progresses. ”

Helen Golightly, Managing Director of North East LEP, said: “It is great news that JDR has chosen the NEP1 Corporate Zone site as the location for its new facility. Developing manufacturing capacities and supporting job creation in the offshore and submarine sector in the region is a strategic priority for LEP North East.

And Tony Quinn, Chairman of Energi Coast, the North East England offshore wind supply chain cluster, said: “We are delighted that JDR has chosen Cambois, near Blyth, for an investment of such strategic importance.

“It will make a significant contribution to the development of an industrial offshore wind cluster in the North East, strengthening an already well-established supply chain and creating hundreds of high value-added jobs.

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