Scottish firm and Chinese company sign agreement for offshore wind industry venture

A Scottish firm and a state-owned Chinese offshore wind energy company have signed a strategic co-operation agreement to develop and market steel structures for the offshore wind industry.

In the first agreement of its kind, Scottish firm SeaEnergy Renewable and state-owned Chinese offshore wind energy company Nantong COSCO Ship Steel Structure Company will develop a detailed business plan and commercial framework to develop and market turbine jacket substructures, towers and access systems.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "SeaEnergy's expertise in delivering deep water offshore developments in the oil and gas industry puts it in a leading position at the vanguard of the rapidly expanding offshore renewables industry."

"By harnessing just a third of the potential wind, wave and tidal resource off Scotland's coast, by 2050 we could power Scotland seven times over - enabling us to become a massive exporter of clean, green energy, generating an estimated £14 billion in value and supporting around 60,000 jobs."

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Scottish Government