Work starts on Britishvolt's £2.6bn electric car battery gigafactory

WCN Editorial Team 7 Sep 2021 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Contractor ISG has started enabling works on Britishvolt's £2.6bn electric car battery gigafactory in Blyth, Northumberland, the UK.

The EV battery start-up secured planning permission for the project, which is said to be first large full cycle UK gigaplant, in July this year.

This factory will be built on a 95-hectare site, which previously housed the Blyth Power Station.

Work will be carried out in a phased-manner towards total capacity by end-2027 onwards.

This is aimed at helping the firm keep pace with technological advancements.

ISG Engineering Services business high tech managing director Peter Millett said: “This is the starting point for the transformation of a disused site in Cambois with a legacy in the industrial past, that from today will become a beacon for innovation and advanced manufacturing right here in the North East.”

At full capacity, the factory will have a production capability equal to enough cells for nearly 300,000 electric vehicle battery packs annually, mainly for the automotive sector.

The aim is to produce 'some of the world’s most sustainable, low carbon battery cells'.

This project is expected to support nearly 3,000 direct jobs and a further over 5,000 in the associated supply chains.

Britishvolt project director Richard McDonell said: “It is a pleasure to see our tier one construction partner ISG, and its world-class workforce, commence preliminary works on site ahead of the main construction programme, which we anticipate will start in late autumn/early winter.

“This initial phase will see the site cleared and preparatory work carried out for the services and infrastructure that will support construction activity.”

The main construction phase will involve more than 2,500 people, stated McDonell.

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This factory will be built on a 95-hectare site, which previously housed the Blyth Power Station. Credit: Britishvolt.

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