North East England has a wealth of supply chain companies who have for decades successfully supplied into the marine and shipbuilding, oil and gas and heavy engineering sectors. This experience and knowledge is now being successfully transferred into the offshore renewables sector.
The region is home to the UK’s first offshore wind farm (Blyth offshore wind farm) and will soon be home for the new Blyth offshore wind demonstrator project (world’s first offshore wind farm to use 66kV technology which hope to demonstrate increased efficiency of a wind farm).
North East England is recognised by many of the major industry players as a key strategic location to service the offshore renewables market.
It is a unique region in terms of geography, experience, infrastructure and technical capabilities, which has the potential to deliver a comprehensive, all-encompassing supply chain solutions for offshore renewables.
It is home to a number of commercial ports situated on the rivers Tyne, Tees, Wear and Blyth.
The region has excellent road, rail, air and sea links.
The offshore renewable energy (ORE) Catapult testing site at Blyth is an innovation hub for the offshore wind industry and will soon welcome the world’s largest offshore wind blade.
Round 3 of the Dogger Bank Development which has now received full consent and which will consist of 4 offshore wind farms are only around 80 miles from North East shores.