Major milestone reached in development at Blyth

A major milestone has been reached on a £30million energy park in Blyth.

Monday, 23rd September 2019, 2:37 pm
Updated Friday, 27th September 2019, 10:43 pm
Piles are being driven with an impact hammer drill which is bigger than a house.
Piles are being driven with an impact hammer drill which is bigger than a house.

Work is continuing at the former Blyth Power Station Enterprise Zone to create a new deep water dock with direct link to a 12 ha development plateau.

Advance Northumberland are carrying out the work to maximise the potential of the site to attract investment from the offshore energy industry, bringing jobs and investment to the area.

The Port of Blyth, Advance Northumberland, Catapult and other partners have already made significant progress in capturing market share through business development and the Energy Central campaign.

The works to the Ash Barge Dock will create a fit for purpose deep water berth for larger vessels.

The development area is undergoing excavation, material processing and site levelling. Works started in January this year and are due to be completed in August 2020.

Work to create the dock involves driving over a hundred 21 metre steel piles and sheets in order to create the new quay wall.

Piles are being driven with an impact hammer drill which weighs 26.6 tons and generates a maximum energy of 240knm.

The next phases involve construction of a temporary cofferdam across the entrance of the dock so that the area can be pumped of water to allow excavation works in the dry.

Farrans the principal contractor has been working alongside Northumberland Community Voluntary Action to engage with the local community around the construction effects and looking at ways that they can leave a lasting legacy which goes beyond the works.

Coun Richard Wearmouth, chair of Advance Northumberland, said: “The dock infrastructure works is a giant leap for Blyth putting the development site on the map for the offshore industry and building upon the Port of Blyth successes.

“This is a real turning point establishing Northumberland Energy Park's first phase.”

The project received £4,440,736 from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.