Britishvolt gigafactory

Britain’s first Gigafactory approved in Northumberland

The battery technology manufacturer, Britishvolt, has been given planning permission to construct a lithium-ion gigafactory on the former site of Blyth Power Station.

The new Britishvolt Gigafactory in Northumberland is estimated to produce enough lithium-ion cells for 300,000 electric vehicle batteries a year.

Moreover, over 3,000 new jobs are expected to be created, as well as an additional 5,000 in the supply chain.

Production is expected to commence from 2023, reaching full capacity output by 2026.

The Gigafactory will stand on the 235-acre area where the coal-powered Blyth Power Station once stood.

Peter Rolton, Britishvolt Chairman, commented: ‘This is a huge win, not only for Britishvolt, but also the people of Northumberland.

‘The gigaplant will bring with it much-needed employment, totally regenerating the area.’

Glen Sanderson, Northumberland County Council, commented: ‘We have a long and proud history of industry in this part of Northumberland and a factory and investment of this size will put this area firmly on the map once again for generations to come.

‘Northumberland is at the forefront of the offshore renewable energy industry, and this is a massive boost. The decision by Britishvolt to choose Northumberland demonstrates just what this county has to offer in terms of its location, its facilities, and ambitious Council, and more importantly, its workforce.’

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Photo credit: Britishvolt

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