Green light for Envision AESC’s £450m battery manufacturing plant in Sunderland

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 9:27 AM

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Planning permission has been granted for a £450 million battery manufacturing plant at the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) in Sunderland.

Nissan’s battery partner Envision AESC secured permission for the 9GWh-capacity gigafactory at a meeting of Sunderland City Council’s planning committee yesterday.

The factory will form part of a £1bn partnership with Nissan to create an electric vehicle hub supporting next generation EV production and accelerating the transition to net zero carbon mobility.

The project represents an investment of £450m and is set to create 750 jobs, as well as safeguarding 300 roles from its existing Sunderland plant.

Construction of the new building on IAMP, which spans land in South Tyneside and Sunderland, is due to begin in 2022 to support battery production in 2024. It is set to pave the way for potential future investment of £1.8bn on the site to generate 35GWh capacity and 4,500 new high value green jobs by 2030.

Envision AESC UK managing director Chris Caygill said: “We are extremely pleased with today’s decision, which means we can get on with the important job of building the plant and recruitment to fully resource the project team.

“We are immensely proud of the work we have done with our strategic partners Nissan UK and Sunderland City Council so far, which has laid the foundations for affordable EVs and sustainable growth in the region for the next generations.”

Alan Johnson, Nissan Sunderland Plant vice president, manufacturing, said: “We welcome the news that planning permission has been approved for Envision AESC’s new gigafactory.

“This is a fundamental part of our EV36Zero project, bringing together electric vehicle production, battery manufacturing and renewables, and we’re all excited to see the progress being made.”

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, added: “We are delighted to see this hugely ambitious development move forward. IAMP is a hugely significant development, and its ability to attract and then support businesses in advanced manufacturing is second to none, in terms of the assets of the site itself and the talent pool we have to drive it.

“We look forward to seeing Envision AESC move forward with this game-changing gigafactory on a site that we are proud to be bringing forward in partnership with South Tyneside Council.”

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