Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN) is seeking a planning consent for a 36,000sqm offshore wind fabrication facility at Hadrian Yard, Wallsend
Storeys Edward Symmons submits planning application for £50m investment which will generate up to 1,000 jobs
A planning application is being submitted today (4th May) for a major production facility at Hadrian Yard, Wallsend. Storeys Edward Symmons is submitting the application on behalf of Offshore Group Newcastle Limited. The 36,000sqm building will house an offshore wind fabrication facility, where jacket foundations for offshore wind turbines will be produced, including the innovative Triton foundation.
The submission of the application follows the announcement last week that OGN subsidiary, OGN North Sea, had been awarded £640,250 from DECC’s Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development and Demonstration Scheme to build a prototype steel jacketed foundation – Triton – designed and developed by its sister company, Aquind, at OGN’s Hadrian Yard site in Wallsend.
Graham Kennedy, Director and Chief Technical Officer for OGN and its subsidiary Aquind comments: “This project represents another part of our strategy along with the development of cost-effective offshore wind turbine foundations. The new factory will require up to £50million of investment and could create up to 1,000 jobs for the area. We hope to start construction in 2013 and have the facility up and running in 2014 ready to achieve our full capacity in time for the deep water offshore wind farm developments.“
Bill McGarr, Hadrian Yard Facility Manager, adds: “We strongly appreciate the support that our initiatives find within the community. We will continue to be a good neighbour to local residents and a good partner to North Tyneside Council and the Mayor”
Mark Brooker, senior planner at Storeys Edward Symmons comments: “This facility will be an ideal use for this industrial site. The neighbours, the environment and the business of OGN will strongly benefit from the transfer of all major construction activities inside a modern production facility. It will also create and safeguard jobs in the supply chain, which is great news for the area. We are pleased with the support we have received. The local ward councillors, MP and elected mayor have visited the site, there has also been consultation with local residents.”
The fabrication halls at Hadrian Yard B will be demolished to make way for the new facility measuring 300m by 120m, which will comprise three 40 metre wide parallel production lines each leading to a dedicated painting bay. The office block and car parking at Yard B will be retained and refurbished.
OGN has already generated nearly 1200 jobs at the former shipyard through the execution of the contract to design and build an oil production platform for Apache North Sea Ltd.
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