Rachel Anderson, assistant director of policy, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today of £160m for ports including some investment for Teesside which is great news for our Tees Valley infrastructure and we hope that there will be commitment to investment to other ports in the region as well.
The increase in offshore wind generation capacity, up by 10 giga watts to 40, is also a major step forward and very good news for Tyne and Tees, especially on the accelerated timetable.
“These proposals must be part of a comprehensive long term national energy strategy as we will still see a looming energy gap in 2024 as fossil capacity and nuclear are due to go offline. Any successful strategy must also see improvements to grid infrastructure, particularly as the UK moves towards widespread electric vehicle use. In all this, the skill base will be crucial so we would like to see a comprehensive plan to upskill the workforce as part of an overall strategy."