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Industry link up to create North Sea renewables network

Nearly 30 firms have signed up to an industry partnership to create a major renewable energy power centre in the North Sea.

Early signatories include offshore wind developers, manufacturers and a wide range of supply chain companies.

Participants in the provisionally-named Norstec initiative hope to maximise the opportunities provided by the North Sea’s renewable resources.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced the initiative at the recent Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in London, which was attended by energy ministers from 23 leading economies.

The network will come together around the time of the June RenewableUK conference on global offshore wind to discuss in more detail how the new partnership will operate.

In his speech, Cameron said: “With global demand forecast to increase by more than 40 per cent in the next two decades, we urgently need a more diverse, cleaner mix of energy sources that will give us energy security without causing irreparable damage to the planet. Our commitment and investment has helped to make renewable energy possible. Now we have a different challenge. We need to make it financially sustainable.”

So far, 28 firms have confirmed participation: Alstom, Areva, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions, David Brown Gear Systems, Dong Energy, E.On, EDPR, Fluor, Gamesa, Harland and Wolff, JDR Cables, Mainstream, Modus Seabed Intervention, National Grid, Parsons Brinckerhoff, PMT Industries, Prysmian Group, Renewable UK, REpower, Repsol, Scottish Power, Scottish & Southern Electric, Siemens, Statkraft, Statoil, TAG Energy Solutions, Vattenfall and Vestas.

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