The Waterfront Business Park is "Barrow's Energy Coast Business Park".
It is also a "gateway to Britain's energy coast."
Here companies can use the Business park to service local energy coast customers or to service global customers and markets, much in the same way as established firms do from sites within the Furness area.
Now using The Waterfront firms can enjoy locational advantages that Expro,Schlumberger, Oil States MCS,Trelleborg, and others have already achieved.
The Waterfront is located adjacent to :
The most visible sign of The Waterfront's role in energy developments is its role as a focus for servicing offshore Irish Sea windfarm developments.
Dong Energy have set up two long term operations and maintenance bases in the port to service their Barrow Wind Farm and their Walney wind farm.
Vattenfall have one for their Ormonde site which they run jointly with Repower UK.
Scottish Power Renewables and Dong Energy will also establish one to service their West of Duddon Sands investment.
We are not aware odf any other west coast port with such a concentration of operations and maintenance bases.All this helps make The Waterfront a good choice for firms looking to support wind farm supply chains.
The Waterfront also stands next to Baesystems shipyard, home of Britain's nuclear submarine industrial base.The site therefore may appeal to companies wishing to service this activity aswell as the emerging civil nuclear power generation projects at Sellafield in west Cumbria or Heysham in Lancashire.
Nowhere within the UK is there a more strategically important area than the West Coast of England, and in particular for energy generation, the Furness Peninsula and its offshore coastline west of Barrow-in-Furness. Barrow is the Gateway to Britain's Energy Coast.
Barrow's port and airport, mix of companies involvement in oil, gas, onshore and offshore renewable energy, hydroelectric power, civil and defence nuclear power generation locally and globally and a presence of companies like Acrastyle delivering control and switchgear equipment complemented by a strong engineering and systems integration supply chain presence give Barrow and Furness a head start in contributing to realisation of the energy coast objectives.
The fact that Barrow has the largest and most complex gas processing facility in the UK . They are located off Rampside Road with capacity to harvest any natural gas yet undiscovered in and around the East Irish Sea as well as complete the depletion of existing gas fields makes iThe Waterfront potentially an important site for supply chain businesses.
The Waterfront can also contribute to Barrow port able to service East Irish Sea exploration or development of gas and oil fields. The licensing area map shows the strategic location of Furness for new development. See the Map here
Barrow could be involved in several LNG import and offshore gas storage projects that could be developed in line with the Government's White Paper on investing in securing UK energy supplies through additional natural gas storage.Again The Waterfront may have a role in supporting this development.
There is also prospect of a new biomass power plant at Roosecote being serviced from the port by a railway and imported biomass products.
Combined with fossil fuel production it is a unique coastline known to be highly suitable for capturing wind energy from offshore turbines and with tidal conditions highly suitable to harness power from tide and wave technology.
Onshore power generation from both nuclear, Heysham Stations and several fossil fuel power stations is a well established industry along with a huge body of expertise to support the increasing diverse energy sector. There are also now schemes for up to four new nuclear sites in north Lancashire and Cumbria which will be serviceable from Barrow using its port and airport.
The town of Barrow and others in and around Cumbria are renowned for producing the high calibre of engineering skills so complimentary to the energy sector, particularly the nuclear industry. Furness Enterprise in collaboration with Furness College has a proven track record of training and placing engineering skills within the existing industries all of which have shown to have an appetite to adapt and grow within new and existing markets. To ensure the continued economic growth of the area the continued focus on Furness as the Energy Hub is vital to the long term social and economic stability of Cumbria.
The Energy Resources already exploited the advantages of locating in Furness at the Gateway to Britain's Energy Coast
Furness and South Cumbrian designed/manufactured products for the energy sector are in use throughout the UK and are exported to all the main energy provinces of the world, examples include:
Click here to download a list of Energy, Oil and Gas service companies in the Furness area and how you can see what they do by looking at their websites.
Centrica Energy's gas terminals at Rampside
These are located some 3km south east of Barrow-in-Furness and are one of Europe’s largest gas processing facilities.
The first terminal commenced operation in 1983, and the second in 1994. In the mid 2000s' a third terminal servicing the ‘Rivers’ field went on-stream.
The terminals have capacity to process up to 15% of the UK’s gas requirements. Two new gas compression facilities adjacent to the south terminal are proposed by Stag Energy and Centrica. Hoegh plan a gas metering facility servicing an LNG import facility.
Energy Prospects in and around Furness
Furness Enterprise evidence to the UK Government's Energy Review setting out our views on future energy, security of supply and development potential can be viewed here click here.
Opportunities for new energy related investment in Furness along neifghbouring coasts and off the coast of the Peninsula include:
Establish your energy development at the "Gateway to Britain's Energy Coast", call 01229 820611. To learn more about the discretionary Assisted Area grants potentially available to assist energy developments in Furness click here
Click here to download 2008-09 Task Force Briefing of Furness is part of Britain's Energy Coast
Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Sarwjit Sambhi, managing director of power generation at Centrica Plc, talks with Bloombergs Francine Lacqua about the outlook for the companys offshore wind program after winning licenses from the British government. Sambhi, speaking from London, also discusses the prospects for the energy produced, the estimated costs of building wind turbines in the Irish Sea and the prospects for attracting outside investment. Centrica, RWE AG and Statoil ASA won licenses in Britains $120 billion offshore wind program, the worlds biggest, as the nation plans deep-water turbines to meet emission targets and help avert an energy shortfall. (Source: Bloomberg)
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