Designed to rethink battery production
Along with a planned global headquarters in the automotive heart of the West Midlands, Britishvolt acquired the approximately 95-acre site of the former coal farm at Blyth Power Station in Northumberland as the headquarters of its gigantic first battery factory.
With around £ 2.6bn of investment – one of the biggest industrial investments the UK has ever seen – construction of Britishvolt’s gigaplant is set to begin this summer, with battery cell manufacturing set to begin by the end of 2023. At its peak, the Britishvolt gigaplant will produce enough advanced cells for around 300,000 lithium-ion car batteries per year, directly employing over 3,000 people, with the potential for an additional 5,000 jobs to be created. across the supply chain.
This is the largest automotive industrial investment in the North East since Nissan moved to Sunderland in 1984, with Britishvolt’s gigaplant creating a boost to the local economy that Blyth Valley MP Ian Levy has qualified as a “unique opportunity”.
Basically, the North East site caters to all of Britishvolt’s basic needs. “Our new site is at the doorstep of the main transport axes, it has easily accessible renewable energies and the possibility of a co-located supply chain”, explains Nadjari. “This achieves our goal of making our Britishvolt gigaplant one of the cleanest and greenest battery manufacturing facilities in the world.”
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This notice was published: 2021-06-02 15:00:00