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Neptune Energy Park

Clipper Windpower Marine Limited recently announced the opening of its offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing facility at the Shepherd Offshore Renewable Energy Park in Newcastle fromerly the old Neptune Yard.

The new factory, a 4,000m2 facility, is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2010 and will be the UK’s first offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility. The site is owned and is being developed by Shepherd Offshore Services.

Description harvested from Clipper Windpower announces ground breaking for Offshore Wind Blade Factory.


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More photos as and when.


16 comments:

Paul said...

After the last two old Swan Hunter carnes have been demolished, it's interesting to note that over the next couple of weeks we should see the delivery of two new cranes for the Neptune site.

ILuvNUFC said...

Do you know when that is planned as I'm due back down there soon.

Paul said...

ILuvNUFC,
This is what Freddie Sheperd was quoted as saying on the 5th of June.

“It is very sad to see these cranes go, but these days they are too old and too slow to be of use for what we want to develop on the North Bank of the Tyne.

“We have invested £6m on two new cranes, the first of which will be delivered next month."

So I am assuming we are looking at early July for the delivery of the first of the new cranes.

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks.
Would I be right to say they are coming in by boat?

Anonymous said...

I would have thought that they would come up by boat.
I will keep an eye on the local media and if I find out something more definite I will post it here.

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks.
The Port of Tyne website may also be of some use nearer the time Port of TyneExpected shipping

Anonymous said...

The factory looks a fair size when you have a look at the most recent photos.
Quite impressive.

ILuvNUFC said...

There is still a huge amount of land spare on the site so I'm expecting something else to develop there at some stage.

Paul said...

I haven't seen anything in the local media concerning the new wind turbine factory for a while, especially regarding new infrastructure (cranes) etc.
But it does look like there has been some movement on the company backing the new plant which has had some difficulties.
This is a story from the Journal.
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2010/09/22/wind-firm-buffeted-by-economic-storm-61634-27315620/#ixzz10GWXiOuW

Paul said...

I hadn't read much in the local media about the new plant until I saw this article in the Journal.
It doesn't go into detail about new infrastucture (cranes etc).

http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2010/09/22/wind-firm-buffeted-by-economic-storm-61634-27315620/#ixzz10GWXiOuW

Paul said...

Here is another article on the windclipper/Neptune site in the Chronicle.
Looks like we may see some movement in this area in the near future.
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2010/09/22/energy-jobs-set-to-come-to-the-river-tyne-72703-27319140/#ixzz10GY5MSfI

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks :)
I think I'm overdue a wander down there.

Paul said...

ILuvNUFC, thanks for the updated photo.
The new building being constructed is on behalf of Bridon, who already have a factory at Willington Quay, as you no doubt know.
The Clipper factory has been put on hold due to finance (or lack of it).
That ship in one of the photos looks like its about to tip over and should be taken to Swan Hunter to be recycled alonf with the old oil rigs !!

ILuvNUFC said...

No problem. It has been very quiet on the site for some time that's why there has'nt been any updates for a while. And, aye the ship looks a little unsteady! :)

My mam used to work at Bridons in the 1970's when I was very young.

Paul said...

The next development at Neptune is an extreme marine engineering centre for Newcastle University,work should start on that soon.

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks for the heads up. I'll make sure to get down there a bit more regularly.