The Energy Central Partnership
Energy Central is a partnership between Advance Northumberland, Port of Blyth, Northumberland County Council and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.
Advance Northumberland is a unique economic regeneration company established by Northumberland County Council with a clear remit to improve prosperity, quality of life and increase business activity throughout the communities of Northumberland.
Wholly owned by Northumberland County Council and with a board made up of public and private sectors, Advance Northumberland is the Council’s primary regeneration delivery vehicle.
It employs a wide range of investment, development and regeneration capabilities to shape places and promote economic growth and prosperity in Northumberland.
The Port of Blyth
Port of Blyth is the port operating division of Blyth Harbour Commission, an independent statutory trust established in 1882 and is one of the largest Trust Ports in the UK handling up to 2 million tonnes of cargo per annum across four terminals based around the River Blyth.
Its success has been driven by growth across a variety of sectors but particularly offshore energy (oil & gas and wind) with the port now recognised as a major strategic east coast base supporting the sector.
Other trade handled includes containers, dry bulks (coal, aggregates, cement etc) and marine fuels.
As a Trust Port, all profits are re-invested back into the port to improve facilities and to provide benefits for its wider stakeholders.
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult
ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is part of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries.
It is the UK’s leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy.
Independent and trusted, with a unique combination of world-leading test and demonstration facilities and engineering and research expertise, ORE Catapult convenes the sector and delivers applied research, accelerating technology development, reducing risk and cost and enhancing UK-wide economic growth.
Active throughout the UK, ORE Catapult has operations in Glasgow, Blyth, Levenmouth, Aberdeen, the Humber, the South West and Wales and operates a collaborative research partnership in China.
Northumberland County Council
Northumberland County Council is a supportive local authority partner.
Proactive approach to working with businesses to deliver in the statuary requirements for planning, policy and local governance.