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Port of Tyne set for major revamp

Port of Tyne set for major revamp
The Port of Tyne is due to undergo a major renovation as part of £180 million infrastructure project.

Officials at the north-east dock are planning to spend significant amounts of money to help to creation of new facilities which is due to provide a boost not only for the area but for the construction industry as well.

The Port of Tyne redevelopment is expected to create 900 jobs within the sector and will involve improving infrastructure for the handling, storage and transportation of imports of wood pellets. These resources are an important source of bio-energy for power stations and are predicted to be in high demand over the coming years.

The work will be carried at the Port of Tyne's south bank estate in South Tyneside and will provide a stimulus for the wider community. The 900 construction jobs will be part of an addition of 1,200 positions with 300 being full-time operational posts. Plans have been submitted and officials are currently awaiting a confirmation that work can go ahead. If all goes as scheduled then construction can get underway at the dock later this year with a completion date earmarked for 2014.

David Milliband, MP for South Shields, backed the move and said: "The port's vision and ambition ultimately will provide the jobs we very much need in this area now and for the future, and importantly, is supporting the growth of renewable fuels, to provide the clean, green energy we need for the future."

The Port of Tyne was once a crucial inlay for the coal industry in the north-east, but due to the closure of the pits, officials noted the importance and having to diversify.

Now it is quickly becoming one of the busiest ports in the UK and has been boosted by over ten years of development and has so far seen around £100 million of investment. It is not just a freight port and operates a host of passenger voyages from ferries to the likes of Amsterdam and Scandinavia to luxury cruise holidays.

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Date: 25/01/2013 16:22:00

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