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Port signs deal to store energy firm’s substations
10:08am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Business
A PORT has signed a deal to store huge substations for a major energy company.
Port of Sunderland will next month receive two 600-tonne substations from Eon, as part of the Humber Gateway windfarm project.
The agreement will also see an offshore cable-laying vessel and offshore barge based at the port.
Port director Matthew Hunt said: “This contract is an exciting opportunity that allows us to demonstrate our ultra-large cargohandling capability to a globally respected company like Eon.
“We are confident we can build on this and cement Sunderland’s reputation as a progressive and responsive port able to compete on a national and international scale.”
Councillor Paul Watson, Sunderland City Council leader and port board chairman, said: “It is a positive step forward for the port to see a company operating on an international scale call upon them for such a large storage project.”
The port is not the only North-East business to benefit from the Humber Gateway project, with Tag Energy Solutions, near Billingham, building steel sections for the wind farm which will be based off the Humber Estuary, in East Yorkshire.
The company is making 16 steel foundation poles, called monopiles, which are 60 metres long and weigh 1,000 tonnes.
The project is due to be completed by 2015.
Bosses say that the wind farm could generate up to 219MW of electricity when operational, which is enough energy to power up to 170,000 homes.
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