Britishvolt to build Britain's first battery gigafactory in Blyth, Northumberland

11 December 2020, 03:55:08

Britishvolt to build Britain's first battery gigafactory in Blyth, NorthumberlandBritishvolt has selected a site in the North East of England to build the UK's first battery Gigafactory. The company has acquired exclusive rights to a site in Blyth Northumberland and intends to begin construction in Summer 2021. World-class lithium-ion batteries will be in production by the end of 2023.

Total investment for Britishvolt's Gigafactory is £2.6bn making it the largest industrial investment in the North East since Nissan's arrival in 1984 and one of the largest-ever industrial investments in the UK. By the final phase of the project in 2027, it will be employing up to 3000 highly skilled people, producing over 300,000 lithium-ion batteries for the UK automotive industry. It will further provide up to 5000 jobs in the wider supply chain.

The Britishvolt Gigafactory will be built on a 95-hectare site, formerly the site of the Blyth Power Station. It will use renewable energy, including the potential to use hydro-electric power generated in Norway and transmitted 447 miles under the North Sea via the world's longest inter-connector from the North Sea Link project.

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