Work moves on at Enterprise Zone

The site of the former Blyth Power Station, part of the North East Enterprise Zone.
The site of the former Blyth Power Station, part of the North East Enterprise Zone.

Work to create more jobs and attract new businesses to Blyth is continuing.

Officials behind the East Sleekburn enterprise zone are continuing their efforts to make it a premier UK location for sustainable development.

And they have been bolstered with the news that the North Sea Link interconnector has secured a site with Arch in East Sleekburn.

The North Sea Link interconnector will connect the UK and Norway’s electricity systems via subsea cables, allowing the two countries to trade power.

A joint venture between National Grid and Statnett, North Sea Link interconnector will be the world’s longest subsea interconnector at 720km.

Passing through Norwegian and British waters, North Sea Link Interconnector aims to be operational in 2021.

Arch is leading on the delivery of the East Sleekburn site, part of the North East Enterprise Zone.

The East Sleekburn enterprise zone offers planning and investment incentives which complement and enhance the Port of Blyth’s existing facilities.

It is expected that at least 450 jobs will be created on the site.

Energy Central is already recognised as a hub for national and regional electrical distribution; National Grid, Northern Powergrid and EDF Energy all have active operations at the site.

The site is spread over 36 hectares. The catalyst site comprises the former Blyth Power Station and the former Ash Barge Dock.