Port of Tyne strengthens position with £4m funding

The Port of Tyne has used a £4m Government funding package to improve its site, strengthening the region’s position as a major offshore wind hub.

The money from The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), via the Getting Building Fund, is in addition to the £2.1m already invested by the Port of Tyne in the site.

Major improvements to the base include quay strengthening, allowing multiple offshore wind vessels to berth alongside Tyne Dock Enterprise Park.

It has also funded the creation of a new access road, linking Tyne Dock Enterprise Park to the Port of Tyne, and modern services to site.

The 17.5-acre site is home to the newly opened Port of Tyne Operations and Maintenance base for Equinor – a hub for operations for the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.

Helen Golightly, chief executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Tyne Dock Enterprise Park is playing a leading role in helping the North East attract investment and high-quality employment in the offshore energy sector. It is also supporting the region’s drive to deliver Net Zero.

“As a strategic site for Dogger Bank, it provides a unique investment opportunity in the region; one that will bring significant growth to the North East’s advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors.

“Tyne Dock Enterprise Park will create hundreds of new jobs in South Tyneside as businesses move onto the site, as well supporting job creation across the region’s wider supply chain too.”

Matt Beeton, chief executive of the Port of Tyne, added: “The modernisation of Tyne Dock – and the creation of Tyne Renewables Quay –provides a major wind hub to support the region’s role in the green industrial revolution taking place in the North Sea.

“Tyne Dock sits at the centre of a growing clean energy cluster that is supporting businesses build out and maintain the country’s major offshore wind farm development areas at Dogger Bank and Sofia.”