Supercharging UK battery manufacturing
With its excellent connectivity, infrastructure, power capabilities and facilities, Energy Central is perfectly placed to support battery manufacture for the electric vehicle (EV) market and support businesses engaged in energy storage.
Energy Central is set to play a key part in supporting the UK’s EV industry and bolstering the supply chain of UK car manufacturers, as they transition to EV production, ahead of the planned end of sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.
Via the A19, Energy Central has rapid access to North East England’s key automotive cluster, which includes Nissan’s car manufacturing plant, which provides one quarter of Europe’s EV production.
The North East’s automotive industry is home to 240 automotive companies, including a variety of EV specialists, and the cluster is strongly supported by the North East Automotive Alliance.
Energy Central is able to supply battery manufacturers – and companies in the supply chain – with readily available power capacity of up to 100 MVA, and organisations can also benefit from the North Sea Link Interconnector which is capable of transferring 1400MW of renewable power from wind and water resources between the UK and Norway.
Energy Central offers excellent access to the National Grid and benefits from superb connectivity via road, sea and rail links.
In addition, The Port of Blyth offers extensive logistics and storage capabilities, as well as five main International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) compliant deep-water terminals.
Britishvolt has announced plans to build its first battery gigaplant at Northumberland Energy Park Phase 3 at Energy Central, at a 96 HA site where Blyth Power Station facility, a pair of coal-fired power stations, once stood.
The £2.6 billion investment is one of the UK’s largest ever industrial investments.
Production at the site is planned to start in 2023 and by the final phase of the project, it will produce more than 300,000 lithium-ion batteries per year for the UK automotive industry.
Britishvolt’s gigaplant is expected to provide numerous supply chain opportunities for companies locating to Energy Central – and create a thriving hub centred around battery manufacture. It is expected to create 3000 jobs and provide up to 5000 jobs in the wider supply chain.
The building of a battery gigaplant is also one of the key pillars of the UK Government’s ten-point plan for the UK’s green recovery and an important step to a Net Zero economy by 2050.