A Newcastle-based oil and gas firm says it can create 1,000 jobs by branching out into wind energy. OGN will begin building parts for wind turbines with its subsidiary, OGN North Sea.
The Tyne and Wear firm announced it has won £640,250 from DECC to build a prototype steel jacketed foundation for turbines, called Triton. The Triton design, developed by sister company Aquind, is meant to support large wind turbine generators in waters over 30m deep.
David Edwards, OGN’s CEO said: “Government support is especially vital in the early stages of project development. The offshore wind energy market is crucial to Britain’s future energy needs and we will do our utmost to ensure that this grant takes the UK into an even stronger role as the lead player in this sector.”
Offshore wind is predicted to account for 17% of UK electricity production by 2020 as part of the government’s commitment to halve carbon emissions, according to the firm.