Construction firm ISG has been appointed to lead construction on the UK’s first lithium battery factory, known as a ‘gigaplant’.
The factory, owned and operated by startup Britishvolt, will be sited in Blyth, Northumberland, with construction planned to commence in Summer 2021. The result of £2.6bn investment, it will begin producing lithium-ion batteries for the automotive and renewable energy industries at the end of 2023. Construction of further phases will continue until the end of 2027. Previously, the company had secured the services of Italian design house Pininfarina to assist with the industrial look of the plant (pictured)
South Wales had been earmarked for the site of the new plant as a MOU with the Welsh Government had been signed in the summer. However, Britishvolt announced earlier in December that a site in Blyth had been selected instead.
Britishvolt CEO, Orral Nadjari said: “We’re delighted to have engaged ISG as the construction partner for our Blyth gigaplant. Its long expertise of delivering global projects will be crucial to meeting our exacting standards and tight timeframe”.