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Port of Tyne 20 Updates

Morrison Utility Connections have been engaged by energy storage system integrator RES to provide the utility connections for their new battery storage facility at the Port of Tyne.

Project Timetable
Start Date: September 2017
End Date: December 2017
Project Details

The route of these works start at South Shields Substation on Hartford Road and will go through Colman Avenue, Roman Road, across Newcastle Road, along Hobson Way and across Jarrow Road into the Port of Tyne.

Nature of Project

Morrison Utility Connections have been engaged by energy storage system integrator RES, a leading expert in battery storage, to design and develop a 37MVA grid connection from South Shields to the Port of Tyne, one of the UK’s major deep sea ports and trading gateways. The project will include the installation and commissioning of a containerised substation, auxiliary transformer and the connection of the battery storage equipment.


We understand that the nature of this project and these works may well have an effect on local residents and businesses along the planned route and we plan to minimise any disruption wherever possible.

Where temporary traffic management is required we will apply the appropriate measures to match the site situation and inform the local community by the most pertinent method.

We are committed to providing you with timely information and responding effectively to questions from local people so that any associated disruption can be minimised.

Contact info

Freephone number 0800 0887512 (available 24/7)

Email address

Whilst we are working in your local area, if you have any questions our on-site project supervisor will be happy to help, so please feel free to ask. Please remember when approaching the site team, that the signage and barriers are there for your safety – please don’t move barriers or signage or enter the work area under any circumstances.

Our project supervisor will be contacting local residents directly as our work progresses along their Road/Street/Avenue to inform residents of our intended works and to understand residents’ individual access requirements.

Project Updates

Friday 16th March 2018 12:42

Resurfacing of Colman Avenue completed.

Project fully completed.

Friday 9th March 2018 16:39

Substation snagging list ongoing.

Resurfacing of Colman Avenue planned for next week.

Friday 2nd March 2018 13:01

Substation snagging list ongoing.

Friday 23rd February 2018 07:59

Substation snagging list ongoing.

Friday 16th February 2018 09:06

Awaiting Council footpath scheme to complete to allow for flexible reinstatement.
Substation snagging list ongoing.

Friday 9th February 2018 10:51

Colman Avenue - Concrete reinstatement complete.
Awaiting Council footpath scheme to complete to allow for flexible reinstatement.
Substation snagging list ongoing.

Friday 2nd February 2018 09:24

Compiling QA and HS files.
Completing the remaining substation snaging list.

Friday 26th January 2018 07:57

Substation works continuing.

Friday 19th January 2018 08:49

Northern Powergrid cables energised.
Substation works continuing.

Friday 12th January 2018 11:39

Substation commisioning works still ongoing.

Friday 5th January 2018 14:08

Substation commisioning works ongoing.

Friday 15th December 2017 10:28

All reinstatement complete on Roman Road and Hobson Way.
Temporary reinstatement on Colman Avenue and Hartford Road complete.

Friday 8th December 2017 12:36

Cable route ducting installation fully completed.

Friday 1st December 2017 10:45

Roman Road ducting ongoing, 75% complete.
Hobson Way excavation started.

Friday 24th November 2017 12:11

Colman Avenue and Hartford Road ducting complete.
Fibre route inside South Shields substation boundary complete.
Roman Road fully excavated, ready for installation of ducts.

Friday 17th November 2017 13:24

Colman Avenue - 85% completed
Hartford Road - 50% completed.
HDD1 (Horizontal Directional Drill) under Newcastle Road -Final ream completed and the pipes are due to be pulled on Saturday 18th November 2017.
Substation site - Testing commenced and continuing.

Friday 10th November 2017 08:52

Port of Tyne land ducting completed.
HDD2 under Jarrow Road reaming, ready to pull HDD pipe Saturday.
Enabling works for substation lift and landing underway.
Ducting in National Grid land completed.
Excavation in Hartford Road commenced.
Excavation and duct installation 35% complete on Colman Avenue.

Friday 3rd November 2017 14:45

Substation Delivery from York to Site is taking place on 07/11/17
Cable Duct Installation woks between Jarrow Road and Hobson Way is now complete
Horizontal Directional Drill under Jarrow Road is scheduled to commence on 07/11/17
Duct Installation Works on Hartford Road commenced this week.

Colman Avenue
Duct Installation Works will commence 07/11/17 with ducts being installed by 17/11/17
Replacement of the Pavement and Road will commence around the 10th November and continue through until December 15th.

Friday 27th October 2017 11:27

Excavation and duct installation in Port of Tyne from new substation to Jarrow Road Horizontal Directional Drill 75% complete.
Continuing excavations in National Grid land/Northern Power Grid substation.

Friday 20th October 2017 13:00

Works planned to commence on Colman Avenue on 23rd October 2017 and to last for approximately three weeks to install ducting.
Resurfacing of Colman Avenue is planned to be completed by mid-December.
Cable route through private land has been completed.
Directional Drill under Jarrow Road commences on 23rd October 2017.
Directional Drill under Newcastle Road planned to commence on 30th October 2017.

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