Ambitious plans from a Teesside company for a £450m energy park on the South Bank of the Humber have been approved.
Billingham-based Able UK have been given the Government go-ahead to create Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) – a world-class centre for the renewable energy industries on the south bank of the Humber.
Able chief Peter Stephenson describes the announcement as “massively important for the region and the whole of the UK economy”.
AMEP will provide state-of-the-art quayside facilities purpose-built for the manufacture, assembly and installation of offshore renewable technologies, at Able Humber Port – the largest site available for port-related developments in Europe.
The decision to approve the multi-million pound project follows an extensive planning process, which has seen detailed scrutiny of all aspects of the development. This included measures by the company to develop a £60m package protecting wildlife and the environment. The construction process will begin early next year with the 1,289m quay being available from late 2016.
Stephenson said: “During the public hearings into our plans for AMEP, its significance was compared to the impact of the Nissan development in the North East and this is no exaggeration.
“It provides the opportunity, not available at any other UK location, to create a critical mass of activity – not only producing wind turbines and their foundations but also providing a base for offshore installation.”