Port of Blyth recently played host to the head of RenewableUK, the UK’s leading not for profit renewable energy trade association. Chief Executive Hugh McNeal visited Blyth to see the opportunities for growth in the renewables sector that exist in Blyth.
Having been given a tour of the river, McNeal was introduced to the Port’s offshore energy offering at both its South Harbour and Wimbourne Quay terminals along with news of recent additions to the client base such as Global Marine Group and details of EDF’s progress with their Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstrator Wind Farm construction project.
The recently launched Energy Central initiative, which via a partnership between the Port and Arch will bring bring jobs and outside investment to the river through several high profile quayside development sites, was also discussed at length.
Commenting on the visit, Hugh McNeal said: “The massive new investment and technical innovation taking place in the Port of Blyth makes it an excellent example of the benefits offshore wind can bring to British ports up and down the UK.
There’s a huge opportunity here to build on the successes of our maritime past, maintain British leadership in renewable energy and make this country the go-to nation for building the global offshore wind sector.”
Andy Williamson, Business Development Manager at Port of Blyth, said: “We were delighted Hugh took the time to visit the Port of Blyth to see the vital role Blyth is playing in support of the offshore wind and broader energy sector markets in the UK and globally.
Being long standing members and supporters of Renewable UK, Port of Blyth is keen to see its growth play an increasing part in the development and success of the UK supply chain in renewables by way of jobs, investment and raising awareness of the significance of the industry for UK plc. We look forward to working more closely with Renewable UK and the wider renewables industry going forward.”