The Port of Blyth has invested in new facilities for handling Wind Energy related cargo having secured a number of contracts in recent months
Work is now complete on a new 4,000 sq m block paved storage area in South Harbour ahead of another contract to import 16 large 120 m high wind turbines ultimately destined for southern Scotland and capable of powering over 20,000 homes.
As Port Chief Executive, Martin Lawlor, explained “These turbines will be imported in sections over six vessels and will take up a very large storage area, hence our latest investment. We are looking to build further on this success and see wind farms and other types of project cargo and a key element of our future growth strategy.”
Over the last year the Port of Blyth has handled some 17 wind energy related shipments and also purchased a new mobile harbour crane in April capable of handling 100 tonne+ lifts which are becoming more frequent as wind turbines increase in size.
Mr. Lawlor added “It is all about having the right facilities and expertise. With deep water, heavy lift capability, handling expertise and good access onto the motorway network, the Port has now established a reputation as one of the main points of entry for wind farm projects across the north of the UK.”