Port of Tyne has launched its latest commercial venture, Tyne Clean Energy Park, a new green energy park for the north east region. The announcement was made at the Offshore Wind North East conference. Located on four sites, the Port of Tyne is one of only two deep sea ports in the north east region. Offering sites and berths to accommodate deep drafted vessels with no beam restriction, Port and Tyne Clean Energy Park users will benefit from unrestricted, lock free access to berths with 13.0m of depth alongside. The Port is a safe haven for offshore wind operators and other renewables specialists that is open 24/7, 365 days a year, during all tide states. The site has already welcomed its first tenant. Earlier in 2020, the Port was selected as Equinor’s flagship operations and maintenance base, for what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank. The new Tyne Clean Energy Park will provide an infrastructure catering for all renewable energy production needs, with a total of 200 acres of land soon to become available within the park’s perimeters. By choosing the Tyne Clean Energy Park as a commercial base, renewables businesses joining Equinor will have an opportunity to co-locate every aspect of their supply chains - from manufacturing and assembly operations to installation and maintenance activities. The Port’s location on the River Tyne provides marine access to existing offshore wind farm sites including Dogger Bank, Seagreen and Sofia, plus air, road and rail transport links. The river Tyne is already home to an existing offshore cluster, with partner organisations such as South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders Projects, Shepherd Offshore and TechnipFMC. Port of Tyne is already rapidly transforming its own commercial operations to become a low-carbon industrial hub and commit to decarbonisation in its Tyne 2050 strategy. This outlines the Port’s strategic vision to become an Enabler and Operator of clean energy powered maritime supply chain services, including being ‘Carbon Neutral by 2030’ and ‘All Electric by 2040’. Matt Beeton, CEO at Port of Tyne says: “Tyne Clean Energy Park provides a fantastic opportunity for companies in the renewables sector who are looking for a long term operational base. We are absolutely committed to becoming a low carbon industrial hub and supporting innovation, so launching a green business hub at the Port is a natural evolution of our vision.” Demonstrating a long term commitment to innovation, the Port of Tyne is leading the UK’s first 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub, a collaboration of organisations from maritime logistics, technology and academia. Launched in response to the government’s call for greater innovation in maritime, this has focused on a range of projects, including investigating the potential of renewables within Port of Tyne plus maritime relevant solutions using autonomous systems and AI. Simon Brett, Commercial Director at Port of Tyne says: “There are three distinct supply chains relating to the offshore wind farm lifecycle involving component manufacture, construction services and operations. Each one of these requires different levels of investment, from plant and infrastructure to labour resourcing and all of it will be accommodated at the Tyne Clean Energy Park – it’s an excellent opportunity for businesses looking to expand their activities.” Matt Beeton, CEO at Port of Tyne says: “With our access to offshore wind locations and deep water facilities, Tyne Clean Energy Park is definitely the most versatile on the East Coast. We’ve created a unique, development-ready blank canvas for renewables businesses to expand their operations and in facilitating this, we can directly contribute towards achieving 60% UK content for each wind farm developed. It’s integral to securing the green recovery that our region and the whole country so desperately needs.” For everything you need to know about the strategies used to support the construction and O&M of offshore wind farms, current and future. Includes supply and demand for service and accommodation vessels, and helicopters. click here.