Blyth plays host to European energy delegation

Font row (L-R) Anne Schemien, Deryth Wittek, Sophie Casenave from (DIT). Back Row: Charlie Haire and Michiel Handrickx (DIT), John Hildreth (Arch)  and Conall Mullan (DIT). Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.
Font row (L-R) Anne Schemien, Deryth Wittek, Sophie Casenave from (DIT). Back Row: Charlie Haire and Michiel Handrickx (DIT), John Hildreth (Arch) and Conall Mullan (DIT). Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.
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An energy delegation from around Europe visited Blyth for a fact-finding mission.

The group from the Department for International Trade – including representatives from Holland, France, Germany and the UK – were promoting trade and export opportunities in the growing global energy sector.

The trip was organised by Arch, with the support of the Port of Blyth and Invest North East England.

The visit, which included a tour of the Port of Blyth and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult facilities, provided an opportunity to see the support offered to the established cluster of offshore energy companies such as IHC Engineering, OSBIT and EDF Energy Renewables.

During the visit, delegates were also able to see the range of strategic Enterprise Zone investment sites at the Port of Blyth including the 200ha East Sleekburn site along with Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Michiel Hendrickx, senior trade advisor, Department for International Trade, Netherlands, said: “The visit provided the delegation with real insight into the significant renewable energy investment and export capabilities from the region, all underpinned by access to a quality workforce, leading industrial cluster capability and globally recognised R&D facilities.

“The opportunity to see these capabilities, assets and meet with key stakeholders from the North East of England ensures we have the networks to realise these opportunities across a range of European markets.”

John Hildreth, business growth and investment manager at Arch, said: “The global opportunities provided by the offshore energy sector are key to driving forward our plans at Blyth.

“We are keen to help existing businesses in Blyth and across Northumberland to export their expertise, innovation and knowledge in areas such as subsea technologies, offshore engineering and advanced manufacturing into a markets which are growing across the world.

“Blyth is well placed through its existing cluster of energy related companies to grow and flourish as well as having the potential to benefit from new projects such as EDF’s innovative offshore demonstrator at Blyth and the potential for Round 3 wind farm projects in the North Sea such as Dogger Bank.”

Martin Lawlor, chief executive at Port of Blyth, added: “Hosting delegates from across Europe in Blyth on behalf of Arch and the Department for International Trade is a huge honour.

“The opportunity to showcase our activity as a premier port location for the offshore energy sector, supported by a strong industrial cluster and underpinned by our approach to working with our clients to find the best possible outcomes is something we are always willing to demonstrate.”

Business that are interested in locating or investing in Northumberland should contact John Hildreth on 01670 528463 or email invest@arch-group.co.uk