Subsea company dives into chance to return home to Blyth

Left to right: Amy Webber, of Blyth Workspace; Tony French, RockSalt Subsea; and John Hildreth, from Energy Central.
Left to right: Amy Webber, of Blyth Workspace; Tony French, RockSalt Subsea; and John Hildreth, from Energy Central.

A business supporting the offshore energy industry has returned home to Blyth.

RockSalt Subsea is the newest tenant at Energy Centre after opening a new project office at Arch’s Blyth Workspace.

The company, established in Aberdeen by Blyth-based entrepreneur Tony French and his family, provides a range of commercial diving services for the offshore energy and ports facilities across the world.

The underwater commercial diving company has now expanded into Blyth to capitalise on the established offshore energy and subsea cluster closer to his original home.

RockSalt Subsea has over a wealth of 50 years’ experience in the commercial diving industry.

Tony said: “Blyth is exactly the right location for us.

“There are advanced subsea and offshore energy industries here, which are perfect for our business, and has meant we can return home to where I originally grew up and grow the business further.

“The North East has as array of qualified, technical and talented personnel that we can utilise where necessary. The thriving off-shore and renewable industries based in the county are an ideal market for our work.”

Richard Wearmouth, chair of Arch, said: “We are delighted RockSalt Subsea has chosen to relocate to Blyth.

“Energy Central offers an ideal location for companies looking for access to markets in the offshore and energy sector. The area offers benefits including Enterprise Zone status and a £25m investment to add a new deep-water quay.”

Energy Central provides access to nearly 200 hectares of land strategically positioned with quayside access. The quayside location on the Blyth Estuary is well connected by road, rail and air and the energy sector in the area is supported by an established supply chain, a skilled workforce and a pipeline of talent.

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