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UK offshore wind firms eye US market

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Atkins and Hughes Sub Surface Engineering are among the firms on a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ offshore wind trade mission to the US this week.

The delegation landed on the East Coast last weekend on a business trip organised by UK Trade & Investment and membership body Team Humber Marine Alliance.

They will meet with developers and attend the USA Offshore Wind Leadership Conference in Boston amid hopes that the offshore wind market is set to grow across the Atlantic. The first offshore wind farm in US waters is being developed by Deepwater Wind at Block Island near New York with an aim to start producing energy later this year.

Team Humber Marine Alliance chief executive Mark O’Reilly said: “As a business development organisation we have been keenly aware of the need to amplify the business expertise on the Humber into export markets – and getting into the US market at this development stage could, hopefully, reap very real and long lasting rewards.

“Now seems the time to do it, as US policymakers are beginning to follow the examples in Europe that have proven successful in stimulating offshore wind technological advancement, project deployment, and job creation.”

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