ISG set to start development of £3bn ‘gigafactory’

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ISG has started work on a huge 253 acre electric vehicle battery facility in Northumberland.

The factory for Britishvolt is to become the first fully-fledged “gigafactory” in Great Britain. At full capacity, it should have the production capacity to supply cells for 300,000 EV battery packs per year. Britishvolt claims the entire project is worth £ 3 billion.

ISG was named the main contractor in December 2020 with an estimated value of £ 300 million.

Britishvolt Project Leader Richard McDonell said, “It is a pleasure to see our construction partner ISG and its world-class staff begin the groundwork on site ahead of the main construction program, which is expected to begin in late fall / early winter.”

He added, “This first phase will clear the site and prepare for the services and infrastructure that will support the construction.”

The project is to be built in phases, with the first phase being delivered in 2023 and the entire site to be completed by the end of 2027. This phased delivery is designed to accommodate the technological advances in the production of low-carbon cells.

The major project is intended to create around 3,000 direct jobs and 5,000 jobs in the supply chain.