Britishvolt’s “Game Changer” Gigafactory Plans Approved

With planning permission approved, Britishvolt can now move one step closer to building the country’s first full-scale battery plant.

  • Britishvolt has been granted planning permission to build its lithium-ion Gigaplant facility in Northumberland.
  • The project will be built in three phases, each of 10 GWh to a total capacity of 30 GWh by 2027.
  • Once at full capacity, the site will produce cells for around 300,000 EVs.

The UK continues to establish a Gigaplant foothold with news that Britishvolt has received planning permission to build its lithium-ion battery factory in Northumberland.

Around £2.6b in investment is going towards Britishvolt’s Gigaplant, which should generate around 3,000 “highly skilled jobs and upwards of 5,000 in the associated supply chains.”

“This is a huge win, not only for Britishvolt, but also the people of Northumberland. The Gigaplant will bring with it much need employment, totally regenerating the area. Britishvolt has a strong social values agenda, as well as a world-class Environmental, Social and Governance framework.”
— Peter Rolton, Chairman of Britishvolt

It’s a project we’ve been following very closely over the past few months. Nissan recently announced its Gigaplant plans in Sunderland — a factory that isn’t that far from Britishvolt’s outlined site in Cambois.

The former Blyth Power Station site was acquired earlier this year to house Britishvolt’s car battery plans.

So, what’s next?

Britishvolt hopes to get “the shovel in the ground by the end of the summer with construction to commence shortly after.”

The project will be built in three phases, each of 10GWh to a total capacity of 30GWh by 2027 onwards. Once at full capacity, the Gigaplant will produce cells for around 300,000 electric vehicles annually.

It’s good news all-round, with local council members calling the site: “a game changer.”

“Here in Northumberland we’re at the forefront of the offshore renewable energy industry and this is a massive boost. The decision by Britishvolt to choose Northumberland demonstrates just what this county has to offer in terms of its location, its facilities, an ambitious Council, and more importantly, its workforce,” says Glen Sanderson, Leader of Northumberland City Council.

Britishvolt claims it will be the “first Gigaplant” in the UK, capable of producing more than three times that of other announced schemes.

Speaking of which, expect more Gigaplant news ahead of the COP26 due to take place in Glasgow this November.

When do you think Britishvolt’s site will begin operations? And what do you think of claims that this Gigaplant is capable of producing more batteries than other sites? We want your take.

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