The first British battery plant to be built in Blythe

The first British battery plant to be built in Blythe

December 11, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The first giant Britishvolt battery plant in the UK will be built in Northumberland. For the £ 2.6bn gigafactory, the British have chosen the UK North East, replacing the original plan for South Wales.

When Britishvolt opens its new car battery plant in the northeast of the country, the UK will have one of the largest investments in the industry. The facility will be located in Blyth, Northumberland, on a 950,000 sq. m, where the old power plant was once located. Construction will begin next summer, with world-class lithium-ion battery production slated to begin by the end of 2023.

Britishvolt claims the total investment in the gigafactory will be £ 2.6 billion, making it the largest industrial investment in the Northeast since Nissan founded its Sunderland car plant in 1984. About 3,000 jobs promised, and 5,000 jobs in the broader supply chain. By 2027, the plant will produce over 300,000 batteries per year.

The new location marks the cancellation of plans first announced earlier this year. The giant factory was originally supposed to be located in the Glamorgan Valley, South Wales, and Britishvolt signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Wales. However, the plan, assuming Britishvolt could raise £ 1.2bn, was canceled after “detailed feasibility studies.” First of all, the problem was the timing, since this facility will not be able to start production at the end of 2023.

According to Britishvolt, the gigafactory is seen as strategically important for the UK auto industry to maintain a competitive edge as it accelerates towards an increasingly electrified future. The company added that the plant is of vital value in supporting the government’s plan to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Britishvolt even mentions the possibility of harnessing hydroelectricity from Norway at a depth of almost 725 meters under the North Sea through the world’s longest junction as part of the planned North Sea Link project. The planned capacity of the high-voltage DC cable is 1400 megawatts.