Our engineering skills, proximity to North Sea energy resources, port infrastructure and easy road access have made Northumberland a natural home for the UK’s leading offshore energy industry.

Energy Central – a unique partnership between Advance Northumberland, Northumberland County Council, Port of Blyth and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult – is located in Blyth, providing a fully operational hub made up of world-leading organisations, skills and infrastructure, making it one of Europe’s outstanding investment destinations for those operating in the energy, oil and gas, offshore wind, subsea and decommissioning industries.



The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult world class test assets and expertise at Blyth gives Northumberland a pivotal role in the development and commercialisation of offshore renewables.

The area’s energy heritage is also helping to power future growth opportunities including significant grid assets and large scale battery storage project opportunities.

Industry-leading companies include, EDF Energy, Royal IHC, Enshore, Texo Group, Osbit.

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Energy Central - A premier deep-water East Coast UK energy base located in the North East of England – is delivered through a unique partnership between Advance Northumberland, the Port of Blyth, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Northumberland County Council which brings together:

● Nearly 200 HA of strategic, quay linked development sites.

● The Port’s expertise in managing and supporting time-critical offshore energy projects.

● National energy infrastructure including the North Sea Link UK/Norway Interconnector and National Grid assets.

● Market access offshore energy developments in the North Sea including offshore wind projects (Dogger Bank, Hornsea and Firth of Forth).

Energy Central benefits from a connected location including:

  • Air - Newcastle International Airport is a short drive away.
  • Road -  The A1(M) connects Northumberland to the entire UK motorway network.
  • Sea - The Port of Blyth provides deep-water, lock-free access to the North Sea's basin.
  • Rail - Excellent links to high speed rail network, linking nearby Newcastle Central to London Kings Cross.
  • Access to markets
  • River and Port Capabilities
  • Innovation and R&D capabilities
  • Skills and Talent

EDF Energy Renewables

North Sea Link


Transped Ltd

Royal IHC

National Grid

Port Training Services

Geos Marine Fuels


Northern Power Grid

Deep Ocean (Enshore)

TSG Marine

Global Marine Group

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