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UK ports can cash in on offshore wind development

April 3, 2009

 

GRIMSBY, ENGLAND — Ports in North East Lincolnshire could become a “hub of activity and economic opportunity” with the promise of more jobs if they embrace the development of more off-shore wind farms, it has been claimed.

More than 100 port operators, including ABP, met with the Government to discuss what Britain’s ports have to gain from the development of off-shore wind.

Energy Minister Mike O’Brien said thousands of jobs could be created as a result of the construction of wind farms – including in our ports which will face enormous demand.

The UK needs ports with the capacity to handle large vessels and with available space for wind turbine manufacturers and their supply chain.

Mr O’Brien said: “We want the UK to make the world’s biggest investment in off-shore wind.

“Thousands of jobs could be created as a result of the construction of wind farms – including in our ports, which will face enormous demand.”

As well as the financial investment, the Government will also introduce other changes to help the use of renewable energy technology.

The UK is currently the world leader in off-shore wind farm production with existing farms generating enough energy to power more than 340,000 homes.

A scheme is being introduced so that rather than a flat rate of support across all renewable technology, emerging technologies that are further from commercial deployment will receive greater levels of support to encourage their development.

(c) 2009 Grimsby Telegraph

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