The agreement the first of its kind between a Scottish firm and a major state-owned Chinese offshore wind energy company was signed yesterday in Shanghai. The deal will mean the two companies work together to develop and market turbine jacket substructures and towers for offshore wind farms.
SeaEnergy Renewables chief executive Joel Staadecker said: “The combination of our proven skills in delivering offshore infrastructure and turbines in deeper water and NCSC’s expertise in design and manufacture of steel structures for marine applications provides the ideal platform to serve the growing global offshore wind industry as it moves into deeper waters.”
NCSC general manager Wang Zhihua said: “The signing of this strategic co-operation agreement is an important milestone in NCSC’s expansion into the European Market. Together both companies will be excellently positioned to move forward in this industry.”
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, who was at the deal signing, said: “The agreement now signed with NCSC symbolises the strength and importance of partnership with China and underlines Scotland’s important role in helping the world to tackle climate change and to seize the opportunities of the low carbon economy.”
SeaEnergy Renewables is an independent offshore wind energy developer which has built the world’s first deep water wind farm development, off the Murray Firth, at water depths of 45 metres. The UK government sees offshore wind as a major part of its commitment to CO2 reduction and on Monday, Climate Secretary Chris Huhne announced £10m of offshore grants.