There are major plans for the energy-focused scheme. Credit: via Mediaworks

Esh lands Northumberland Energy Park work

A £7.3m scheme that will complete work on the recently widened Ash Barge Dock, close to the Port of Blyth, has been awarded to the County Durham contractor.

Northumberland Energy Park is an energy sector-focused operation that sits within the Energy Central growth cluster for companies operating in the offshore energy and subsea markets.

Working on behalf of Advance Northumberland, the scheme includes the construction of a 32,280 sq ft piled concrete relieving slab behind the west and north quay walls at ground level.

On completion, areas of the berth will provide a safe working load of 5,300kN to make the dock serviceable for the import and export of components and finished goods.

Esh Construction’s divisional director, Steven Garrigan, said: “The contract marks the start of a new relationship with Advance Northumberland, and we’re delighted to be bringing our expertise to this project which forms part of the wider phase one enabling works plan to provide an extended and deep-water berth at the Ash Barge Dock.”

The work, to be delivered by Esh’s civil engineering division, will see more than 7,000m³ of concrete – the equivalent volume of 2.5 Olympic swimming pools – poured to replace sand and stone. A total of 183 long tubular piles will be installed to support the reinforced concrete slab.

Close to 100,000 sq ft of concrete paving will be laid and new drainage incorporated to take surface water run-off, while the existing mooring bollards will be upgraded to increase capacity to loads of up to 100 tonnes.

Neil Jukes, head of project management at Advance Northumberland, said: “We are very pleased to get North East based contractor Esh Construction on board. This is the final stage of construction works at the NEP1 Dock after which time the facility can be prepared for final operation and be brought into use in 2025.

“It will serve the both the JDR Cables facility and wider Energy Park and contribute to the ongoing regeneration and job creation within the Energy Central cluster.”

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