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Port of Tyne sets up clean energy park

The park, which has already welcomed its first tenant, will play an important role in supporting the government’s goal to power every UK home with offshore wind electricity.

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The park will create a strategic base for the region’s rapidly growing renewables sector
The park will create a strategic base for the region’s rapidly growing renewables sector

A green energy park has been announced for the north east region of England, providing the renewables sector with unrestricted, 24-7 marine access.

 

Port of Tyne is using the Offshore Wind North East conference as a launchpad for its latest commercial venture, the Tyne Clean Energy Park.

 

Clean energy park

 

According to Port of Tyne, the new clean energy park, which has already welcomed its first tenant, will play an important role in supporting the government’s goal to power every UK home with offshore wind electricity.

 

Earlier in 2020, the port was selected as Equinor’s flagship operations and maintenance base, for what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank. This success provided a catalyst for further land clearance to free up additional space for renewable energy tenants.

 

The port said the park will create a convenient, versatile strategic base for the region’s rapidly growing renewable energy sector.

“With our access to offshore wind locations and deep water facilities, Tyne Clean Energy Park is definitely the most versatile on the East Coast”

Located on four sites, the Port of Tyne is one of only two deep seaports in the north east region, offering sites and berths to accommodate deep drafted vessels with no beam restriction.

 

“Tyne Clean Energy Park provides a fantastic opportunity for companies in the renewables sector [which] are looking for a long-term operational base,” said Matt Beeton, CEO at Port of Tyne.

 

“We are absolutely committed to becoming a low-carbon industrial hub and supporting innovation, so launching a green business hub at the port is a natural evolution of our vision.”

 

Beeton continued: “With our access to offshore wind locations and deep water facilities, Tyne Clean Energy Park is definitely the most versatile on the East Coast.”

 

By choosing the Tyne Clean Energy Park as a commercial base, renewables businesses joining Equinor will have an opportunity to co-locate every aspect of their supply chains – from manufacturing and assembly operations to installation and maintenance activities, the port reports.

“We are absolutely committed to becoming a low-carbon industrial hub and supporting innovation, so launching a green business hub at the port is a natural evolution of our vision”

The River Tyne is already home to an existing offshore cluster, with partner organisations such as the South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders Projects, Shepherd Offshore and TechnipFMC, contributing to a well- established offshore energy supply chain.

 

This existing infrastructure further increases the Port of Tyne’s suitability as a commercial base for renewables manufacturers, operators, and servicing providers.

 

Low-carbon industrial hub

 

Port of Tyne is already rapidly transforming its own commercial operations to become a low-carbon industrial hub and made a clear commitment to decarbonisation in its Tyne 2050 strategy. The port said this outlines its strategic vision to become an enabler and operator of clean energy powered maritime supply chain services, including being carbon neutral by 2030 and all-electric by 2040.

Demonstrating a long-term commitment to innovation, the Port of Tyne is leading the UK’s first 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub, a collaboration of organisations from maritime logistics, technology and academia.

 

Launched in response to the government’s call for greater innovation in maritime, this has focused on a range of projects, including investigating the potential of renewables within Port of Tyne plus maritime relevant solutions using autonomous systems and AI.

 

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