Manufacturer Britishvolt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Welsh Government as both parties work together on plans to develop a commercially viable 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant. The location of the plant will be Bro Tathan, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.
After six months of analysis, the site was narrowed down from over 40 locations, due to a number of factors including: import/export accessibility, availability of labour and skilled staff, and convenient geographical proximity to customers and local industrial companies.
The gigaplant will produce lithium ion cylindrical and pouch cells primarily servicing the automotive market.
Orral Nadjari, CEO and Founder at Britishvolt comments: “We are immensely proud to announce plans to work exclusively with the Welsh Government to develop the UK’s landmark battery gigaplant. Wales has welcomed us with open arms and exceptional due diligence and we believe the country has a vast untapped potential. Hiring local people, including those currently out of work, and developing strong relationships with nearby educational facilities will be a priority for us to ensure a stream of skilled staff.”
He adds: “Britishvolt will also encourage other businesses to invest in the region with the aim of creating a ‘hub’ of battery electrification – building out our very own infrastructure and supply chain ecosystem, which will create thousands more jobs.”
Britishvolt says that the initial £1.2 billion of investment from the company could eventually lead towards up to 3,500 jobs. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2021.
To read our interview with Orral Nadjari, click on the link below.