Work on a new “state-of-the-art” subsea cable manufacturing facility is now underway in the north of England.
Slated to start up operation in 2024, the facility will span an area of 69,000 square metres.
It will deliver vital subsea cable manufacturing technology for the offshore wind market and is currently providing 171 local jobs for the construction phase of the project.
Support has come from the UK Government through the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support Scheme.
When complete, the facility will include a new catenary continuous vulcanisation (CCV) line, making it the only plant in the UK capable of full start-to-finish manufacturing of high voltage subsea cables.
Tomasz Nowak, chief executive at JDR, which provided cables for the Beatrice offshore wind farm, once Scotland’s largest, said: “We’re delighted to be starting construction, it’s taken a lot of hard work from all stakeholders for spades to finally hit the ground today! It’s a significant moment for the North East too, as projects like ours will provide more local jobs and opportunities for the people of Cambois, Bedlington and the surrounding area. This region and the east coast of the UK has plans to connect an incredible amount of energy infrastructure in the coming years and we’re proud to be contributing to it in the midst of a growing offshore energy sector.
“This is the first phase of our development in Cambois, but we’ll continue to move with confidence and pace. These are very exciting times for JDR and we look forward to working with the local community and our partners to deliver cutting edge subsea cable technology that secures our energy supply and powers the future economic success of this site, the region and beyond.”