Gigaplant is a step closer

Britishvolt has hit another major milestone in its mission to build the country’s first Gigaplant after successfully securing ownership of the project site – the former Blyth Power Station in Cambois.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 5:24 pm
Orral Nadjari, left, and Ian Levy MP.

The transaction with Northumberland County Council means that the investor in lithium-ion battery cell development and manufacturing remains on track to start building the factory this summer, with the first commercial production scheduled for the end of 2023.

The company says that when it is at full capacity in 2027, the site will be the fourth largest building in Europe and produce enough cells for up to 300,000 vehicles per year.

Orral Nadjari, Britishvolt CEO and founder, said: “This is an important step in Britishvolt’s mission.

“The Gigaplant will make some of the most sustainable, low carbon batteries in the world.

“Northumberland will be home to the best battery Gigaplant site in Europe, if not the world, and this will create direct, future-proofed employment for around 3,000 people.”

Britishvolt chairman Peter Rolton added: “This is a hugely positive and historic move forward for Britishvolt.

“The deal wouldn’t have happened without the expert input and collaboration of Northumberland County Council and we would like to thank the council for all of its help and support to date.

“It has helped us to secure the best site in the UK for a Gigaplant – a project of vital strategic importance.”

County council chief executive Daljit Lally said: “We recognise the significance of this investment in the county and the land deal helps lay the foundations to move to the next stage.

“This project has solid support across the county and we look forward to working with Britishvolt as its plans progress.”

Blyth Valley MP Ian Levy said: “Britishvolt securing the site to build a Gigaplant is absolutely fantastic news.

“The economic impact of the project is almost impossible to quantify, but it will certainly transform the area.

“Having first met with the Britishvolt team last year when they set-up an office in Blyth, I am delighted with the rapid progress of the project and I would like to congratulate all involved.”