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Offshore energy conference in held in Scotland

Offshore energy industry leaders have met in Scotland to discuss how to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

First minister Alex Salmond greeted representatives of many leading energy companies at a summit organised by Scottish Enterprise in Aberdeen, including Scottish Power, Subsea 7, Technip, Dong Energy and Vattenfall.

The meeting is chaired by founder and chair of Wood Group Sir Ian Wood, and chief executive of Scottish and Southern Energy Ian Marchant.

Salmond said: “Offshore wind offers massive economic rewards to Scotland with over £100bn of investment planned across the UK over the next 10 years.”

Earlier this month Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe announced plans to invest £100m into the development of offshore wind technology in Scotland.

Offshore wind alone could create as many as 48,000 jobs by 2020 and contribute £7.1bn to the economy over the next decade.

Adrian Gillespie, senior director of energy at Scottish Enterprise, said: “In less than five years time we will begin to see construction of some of the world’s most ambitious offshore wind farms in Scottish waters.

“We know that developers are already building their supply chains as it is key to their project profitability, so we must act quickly to utilise our vast offshore expertise at all stages of project planning and implementation.

“This summit will hopefully mark a step change in securing an effective and efficient supply chain based on our unrivalled offshore experience from our world leading oil and gas sector.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • As an Aberdonian I hope that this added focus on our energy future beyond oil will provide ongoing support to the economy of the region. This focus must, however, be much wider based than (intermittent) wind and utilise enhanced technology to develop such as solar, geothermal and energy storage. In addition it is essential to create more energy efficient buildings and tackle the issue of waste which pervades our whole way of life.
    Jim Barrack

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