An EV battery manufacturing plant, known as a ‘gigafactory’ is to be built on the site of a former RAF base in Bro Tathan, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.
Manufacturer Britishvolt has signed an MOU with the Welsh Government as both parties work on planning the 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant, and supplementary 200MW solar plant. Construction is scheduled to start in 2021.
CEO Orral Nadjari said: “We believe this will not only be vital for the manufacturing and automotive industries, but for the future growth of the UK economy, as the demand for battery production escalates in years to come. In the absence of any onshore battery production, 114,000 direct British automotive jobs are predicted to be lost by 2040, and we want to ensure that this doesn’t happen.”