Chinese Ministers to visit Scottish renewables industry

China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang and six ministers start their UK state visit this Sunday with a trip to Pelamis Wave Power in Edinburgh. The delegation will have meetings with […]

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By Sumit Bose

China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang and six ministers start their UK state visit this Sunday with a trip to Pelamis Wave Power in Edinburgh.

The delegation will have meetings with ministers, business leaders, and visit industrial sites during their stay in Scotland with talks focused on the renewable and low carbon industry. Pelamis Wave Power is an example of Scotland’s rapidly growing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy industry and the Scottish government is eager to get Chinese investment and improve ties.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I am delighted that the Vice Premier will begin his state visit in Edinburgh and will learn more about Scotland’s rapidly growing renewable energy sector. China already has the largest deployment of on-shore renewable technology and Scotland is a world-leader in pioneering the technology and application of clean, green off-shore energy. Scotland has unrivalled natural resources and established expertise in energy engineering and the Scottish Government is committed to working with China in this sector.”

The delegation will travel to London on Monday for engagements with Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.