Equinor and SSE Renewables have announced today that the Port of Tyne has been chosen as the operations and maintenance hub that will serve the 3.6GW Dogger Bank offshore wind farm, which when fully operational should provide enough renewable energy for over 4.5 million homes in the UK.
The stated ambition is to create 200 long term jobs for the area, with the hope that further supply chain opportunities will arise in the North East. The move solidifies and further enhances the growing reputation of the Port of Tyne as a low carbon industrial centre.
The announcement and investment comes at a welcome time amidst the backdrop of the COVID-19 uncertainty, and Business Secretary Alok Sharma suggests that large scale renewable infrastructure projects such as Dogger Bank would be key to "ensuring a green and resilient economic recovery."
"As we look to the future, renewables offer us a way to rebuild our economy after the Coronavirus pandemic, not just by developing projects here but by exporting our valuable expertise around the world."