JDR gets green light for Northumberland subsea cable plant

JDR Cable Systems, a subsidiary of TFKable Group, has been given the green light by Northumberland County Council's Strategic Planning Committee to build a subsea cable manufacturing facility on the site of the former coal-fired power station at Cambois. 
It’s set to be built from this year on Advance Northumberland’s Northumberland Energy Park Phase One (a North East Enterprise Zone). According to Northumberland County Council, it will bring over 200 high-quality local jobs on completion in 2024 as well as safeguarding 270 jobs at JDR’s existing facilities. 

JDR has previously confirmed its intention to go ahead with the project, subject to final agreements, with construction expected to begin in 2022 ahead of a 2024 opening.  The initial project investment is estimated at £130m, which will be part funded by a grant from the BEIS Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support (OWMIS) scheme. JDR and TFK plans to raise the remaining funding with support expected from financial institutions and UK Export Finance.

When complete, the facility will include a new catenary continuous vulcanisation (CCV) line, making it suitable for full start-to-finish manufacturing of high voltage subsea cables for offshore wind farms.
Deputy Council Leader Richard Wearmouth, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming one of the most advanced subsea cable manufacturing facilities in the world into the county.  
“This brand-new facility will focus on renewable energy products and services – which is crucial towards the county’s carbon neutral plans. 
“It’s also the latest step in Northumberland’s new green industrial renaissance – where once we had heavy industry we’re now seeing a new wave of renewable manufacturing plants coming to the area – bringing jobs and prosperity. 
“Getting to this stage is testament to the hard work of many of our staff and partner organisations who must take much of the credit of securing planning approval.” 

Councillor Jeff Watson, Chair of Advance Northumberland, added: “This is great news. We’ve been working tirelessly to support this facility, which will be another major employer in south-east Northumberland – and continue the county’s emergence as a key hub for renewable energy engineering and industry.”