The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Opportunity for offshore turbine testing at Hunterston

Companies invited to register interest in
offshore test berth at Hunterston
 
Scottish Enterprise is seeking expressions of interest for the lease of its test berth at the Hunterston Test Centre for Offshore Wind, on the coast of North Ayrshire.
 
 
As the organisation develops one of the three berths for testing the latest full scale offshore turbine technology, it is seeking initial expressions of interest from manufacturers interested in leasing this from July 2015.
 
Scottish Enterprise and SSE are investors in a project to develop the Port of Hunterston which has a key role to play in developing the offshore wind supply chain in Scotland and the UK. Its wind resource replicates offshore conditions, and this coupled with its existing grid connection, makes it an ideal site for the testing facility.
 
The site’s location, less than an hour from Glasgow airport, gives manufacturers 24 hour access to make modifications and repairs – critical for early series prototype turbines.
 
In addition, SSE is working with its supply chain partners Siemens and Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe to test their latest turbine technology at two of the berths.
 
Scottish Enterprise is hoping to attract a turbine manufacturer to the third berth who will commit to locating significant research and development or manufacturing facilities in Scotland.
 
The invitation for expressions of interest coincides with the Scottish Renewables Annual Conference, being held at Edinburgh International Conference Centre, which will attract more than 700 delegates over two days.
 
Register expressions of interest HERE
 


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