Barrow in Furness is the “Gateway to Britain’s Energy Coast” and one of NW England’s Energy hubs.
This is the international message being jointly launched by Furness Enterprise and Associated British Ports (Barrow) with strong support from industry in Barrow and Furness, today and Wednesday at the Energy Business Opportunities Conference and Exhibition being held at the National Energus Centre at Workington where the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP will be in attendance today.
Barrow’s “Gateway” role stems from its specialist roles in serving the oil, gas, nuclear, LED lighting and renewable industries, the facilities at the port of Barrow and in the industries in Furness and the fact that the A590 is a nationally designated high, wide, load route. It is also due to the presence of three onshore gas processing terminals and several wind farms as well as the UK’s only facilities for building new nuclear reactors.
Furness Enterprise’s Chief Executive, Harry Knowles, said:-
“As Rt Hon John Hutton MP said a year ago, Barrow as well as West Cumbria will benefit from the nuclear revival, we echo that view and also believe Barrow and Furness can go much further than many areas because of the companies and skills we have here. In recent weeks USA based Gyrodata have opened a new R + D manufacturing facility producing directional rotary steerable drilling equipment bringing 30 jobs to Barrow. In Ulverston, Expro have opened a subsea connector manufacturing facility of 45,000m2 reinforcing Barrow’s role as an energy hub. Also to help ensure the UK’s security of energy supplies three gas storage and import projects are planned to be based at Barrow Rampside gas terminals. Barrow Port will also act as a service base for the giant Walney offshore wind farm”.
Notes for Editors
- Barrow and Furness, Energy Hub of the UK – The Gateway to Britain’s Energy Coast is the Vision for Barrow being promoted by Furness Enterprise and West Lakes Renaissance in association with ABP plc and industry in Furness on a global basis.