Brineflow Limited, which is a leading manufacturer of liquid nitrogen fertilisers has been granted permission by Sunderland City Council to construct a new base at the port with an initial capacity of handling 50,000 tonnes per year over the quay.
The hub will see Brineflow import and store liquid fertiliser for the agricultural industry in the North East and the Borders breathing new commercial life into disused land at Youngs Quay in the port.
The Great Yarmouth-headquartered company identified Port of Sunderland as a potential site due to its strategic location on the East Coast with proximity to strategic suppliers in the Baltic States and for larger cargoes trans-shipped in Rotterdam and other European ports.
Another key influencer in Brineflow’s decision to invest in Port of Sunderland was the improved transport links connecting the port to the region’s major road networks, such as the A19 and the A1.
The opening of the Northern Spire bridge – coupled with the improvement of surrounding roads – has significantly improved road connectivity to the multi-modal hub and has led to a rise in the number of firms exporting and importing goods via the port over the last 12 months.
The plans were green-lit by Sunderland City Council and Brineflow expects construction to start in the winter, with the site being fully operational by summer 2020.