The 69,000m2 factory will provide vital subsea cable manufacturing technology to the offshore wind market once it becomes operational by 2024.
During the construction phase, the project will provide 171 jobs.
The project is being supported by the government under the BEIS Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support Scheme (OWMIS).
The facility will feature a new catenary continuous vulcanisation (CCV) line, which in turn makes it the only facility in the country to have the capability to offer start-to-finish manufacturing of high voltage subsea cables for offshore wind farms
JDR chief executive officer Tomasz Nowak said: “We’re delighted to be starting construction, it’s taken a lot of hard work from all stakeholders for spades to finally hit the ground today! It’s a significant moment for the North East too, as projects like ours will provide more local jobs and opportunities for the people of Cambois, Bedlington and the surrounding area.
“This region and the east coast of the UK has plans to connect an incredible amount of energy infrastructure in the coming years and we’re proud to be contributing to it in the midst of a growing offshore energy sector.
“This is the first phase of our development in Cambois, but we’ll continue to move with confidence and pace. These are very exciting times for JDR and we look forward to working with the local community and our partners to deliver cutting edge subsea cable technology that secures our energy supply and powers the future economic success of this site, the region and beyond.”
Under the OWMIS, JDR reached a final agreement in July on financial support for this subsea cable manufacturing facility.
During the same month, JDR announced a £3m investment into its current facility at Hartlepool for the installation of a new vertical layup machine (VLM).
The VLM is expected to boost production capacity at Hartlepool facility by about 25% and enable it to manufacture array cables more than its present 66 kV product range, with the planned addition of 132kV and 150kV cabling.
Image: Ground being broken on the 69,000m2 factory. Credit: JDR Cable Systems.