Britishvolt has appointed global specialist ISG to lead construction on the UK’s first battery gigaplant. The new gigaplant will be sited in Blyth, Northumberland, with construction planned to commence in Summer 2021.
The result of £2.6bn investment, it will begin producing lithium-ion batteries for the automotive and renewable energy industries at the end of 2023. Construction of further phases will continue until the end of 2027.
ISG has a 30-year legacy of large-scale global production projects.
Britishvolt CEO, Orral Nadjari, says: “We’re delighted to have engaged ISG as the construction partner for our Blyth gigaplant. Its long expertise of delivering global projects will be crucial to meeting our exacting standards and tight timeframe.”
He adds: “Especially key is that ISG’s frontline team delivered Jaguar Land Rover’s production facility in Nitra, Slovakia, giving Britishvolt hugely relevant and recent experience in delivering large-scale projects such as ours.”
ISG CEO, Paul Cossell, comments: “This landmark project to build the UK’s first gigaplant is one of the most visible signs that we are confidently stepping up to meet the challenge of new zero emissions by 2050 and closely aligned with the government’s key commitment to cease petrol and diesel car manufacturing by 2030. The construction phase alone will directly support thousands of jobs in the North East and create a wealth of training and upskilling opportunities for local communities. The legacy of this major investment will benefit the region for generations to come.”
The gigaplant is being designed by leading Italian design experts Pininfarina. It will be built on a 95-hectare site.