The UK has more offshore wind energy capacity in operation than any other country, new research has shown. The country retained its top spot on the global rankings with 10.4GW installed, as further analysis – also by trade organisation RenewableUK – showed that investment in UK offshore wind manufacturing has hit new heights. Investors have made major announcements totalling over £900m in new factories so far this year, the highest annual amount since the industry began in the UK in 2000. Yesterday (28 September), for example, JDR Cables unveiled plans for a new factory in Cambois near Blyth in Northumberland, creating 170 jobs. The new facility is part of a £130m investment, which will also safeguard 270 jobs at the cable manufacturer’s existing plant in Hartlepool.
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Hartlepool at the heart of UK green industry revolution says minister after firm’s £130m deal. Greg Hands, the Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, hailed the part town firm JDR Cable Systems is playing in the growth of offshore wind power.
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The Port of Blyth has been selected for the storage and mobilisation of inter-array cable for the Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm. It was selected by Seaway 7, a company focused in delivering fixed and floating offshore wind farm projects and heavy lifting cables. The 1,075 megawatt Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm project is located 27km off the coast of Angus in the North Sea firth. A £3bn joint venture between TotalEnergies (51 per cent) and SSE Renewables (49 per cent), Seagreen will be Scotland’s largest and deepest offshore wind farm when complete.
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The Port of Nigg, owned and operated by Highland-based Global Energy, has marked another significant achievement in its continuing development as one of Scotland’s key renewable energy hubs. This month saw the last four 9.5MW Vestas wind turbine generators (WTGs) leave the Easter Ross port aboard Fred Olsen installation vessel, Blue Tern, for installation at Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm. Moray Offshore Wind Farm (East) Limited (MOWEL), a joint venture company between EDP Renewables and ENGIE, is set to produce 950MW of green energy once its 100 turbines are fully operational. This is enough to meet 40 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs at current levels or power 950,000 homes across the UK.
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More than 6,000 East Lothian residents and hundreds of businesses could be affected by ScottishPower plans to create a new Eastern Link for offshore energy to come onto land at Torness. SP Energy has lodged its plans to hold a public consultation on proposals for a new substation at Thornton Bridge, near Dunbar next month, as the first stage in the project. And it says while the substation plan will affect around 533 local residents and businesses, further proposals for a converter station at Torness linked to the project will require far wider consultation. A report to the local authority on the Torness project says: “SP Energy Networks proposes to engage residents surrounding the proposed coastal landfall site at Torness to the proposed converter station, west of Innerwick.
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The UK’s new energy minister has described offshore wind as the “lynchpin” in bringing emissions down to net zero. In his first live speech as energy and climate change minister, Greg Hands said he has long been an “ardent enthusiast” for the sector. He was delivering the keynote speech at the opening of RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind conference, which is being held in Excel London in the Royal Docks.
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SSE Renewables together with Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) and Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have announced that up to £15 billion would be added to the Scottish Economy by their proposed offshore wind projects in Scotland via the Crown Estate Scotland’s seabed leasing process. The partnership has also announced that their combined ScotWind projects would enable a £100 million fund to directly invest into Scottish supply chain companies to support the development of their projects should the partnership’s ScotWind bids be successful. This funding will support the overall ambition of the partnership to achieve spending of circa 50% with Scottish suppliers in the projects over their lifetime.
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