Plans have been unveiled for a major expansion of the Port of Tyne. The proposals are aimed at tapping into the boom in renewable energy.
The port already imports wood pellets, which are burned in power stations as a renewable alternative to coal.
The UK has a target to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 15% by the end of the decade. The Port of Tyne believes this offers an opportunity to grow its imports of renewable fuel.
The plans would create 900 jobs at the Port of Tyne during the construction work, followed by 300 posts when the facilities are up and running.
The announcement has been described as 'fantastic news' by the leader of South Tyneside council. It comes in the same month as major plans to revamp the centre of South Shields.
The Port of Tyne was built on coal; first its export, and latterly, its import. There is no question that work will continue. The port authorities say the import of wood pellets offers a huge opportunity for expansion, and one it is determined to grasp.
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