Drive to attract wind farm business to Great Yarmouth

THE drive to attract offshore wind related business to Great Yarmouth’s economy is set to take another step forward at the end of next month.

Staff from Yarmouth Borough Council and Waveney District Council will be exhibiting at the UK’s biggest renewable energy event- RenewableUK Offshore Wind 2011 in Liverpool on June 29 and 30.

The aim is to exploit Yarmouth’s location close to major wind farm developments, including Scroby Sands and the skills of the 12,000 local people employed in the marine energy sector.

Exhibiting at RenewableUK’s Annual Conference last year led to over 60 companies seeking further details from the council about business opportunities in the local area.

With the 60MW Scroby Sands wind farm having been constructed as part of Round 1, Round 3 of the Crown Estate’s programme to develop additional UK offshore wind capacity in the form of the 7200MW East Anglia Array offers major opportunities for businesses in the Great Yarmouth area.

Yarmouth Port owner EastPort UK is currently being use by MT Hojgaard as a base for the installation of foundations on the Lincs Offshore Wind Farm and by A2Sea as a reloading base for installation of wind turbines on the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind farm.

The joint council exhibition stand will emphasise a number of compelling reasons why businesses should choose the local area for their offshore wind operations.

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