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An industry leader has said that the North East is set to be a leader in the UK’s green revolution.
Tom Nightingale, North East stakeholder manager at Equinor, is to share his experiences of working as part of the team behind the world’s biggest offshore wind farm in the latest in a series of Business Talks by Invest South Tyneside.
As well as talking about the colossal Dogger Bank Wind Farm project and Equinor’s role in one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects, Tom will also discuss the potential for jobs creation as well as business opportunities for the supply chain and SMEs across the borough and beyond.
Tom Nightingale commented: “The size of Dogger Bank sets a new precedent for large-scale offshore wind, and there are a number of world firsts in this project – from the first installation of the biggest turbines to the first ever unmanned offshore convertor station.
“The high voltage DC cables are also a first in the UK for offshore wind, transporting power to shore over such a long distance.
“To put the scale into perspective, each blade at 107m long is around double the wingspan of the Angel of the North. One rotation of each turbine can power a home for two days.
“From South Tyneside, we’ll be operating the wind farm, which will be able to provide around 5 per cent of the UK’s electricity demand. Our investment in this enormous project will have a knock on effect, not only for the supply chain but for other small and medium sized businesses based here.”