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Designed to rethink battery production
Alongside a planned global headquarters in the automotive heartland of the West Midlands, Britishvolt acquired the roughly 95-hectare site of the old coal stockyard at the Blyth Power Station in Northumberland as the home of its first battery gigaplant.
With roughly £2.6bn of investment – one of the biggest industrial investments the UK has ever seen – construction of Britishvolt’s gigaplant is set to start this summer, with battery cell manufacturing anticipated to commence 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 upwards of 3,000 people, with the potential for 5,000 additional jobs created in the wider supply chain.
It’s the biggest automotive industrial investment in the North East since Nissan arrived in Sunderland in 1984, with Britishvolt’s gigaplant creating a boost to the local economy that Blyth Valley MP Ian Levy called “a once-in-a-generation opportunity”.
Crucially, the North East site meets all of Britishvolt’s core needs. “Our new site is on the doorstep of major transport links, it has easily accessible renewable energy and the opportunity for a co-located supply chain,” says Nadjari. “That meets our target to make our Britishvolt gigaplant one of the world’s cleanest, greenest battery-making facilities.”