Marine renewables

Paul Boughton

With most of an estimated £130 million of global capital investment earmarked for UK activitya new report prepared for the Scottish Enterprise Energy Team says a diverse range of Scottish sectors are well placed to capture work in marine renewables projects.

The report has been completed to give companies wishing to be part of the supply chain an overview of the key issuessupply chain structureproject lifecycles and main players in the sector.

It states that while the market is only just beginning to developglobal capital expenditure on wave energy is estimated at £72 million between 2004 and 2008with almost 50 per cent of the spend focused on the UK. In the same periodcapital expenditure on tidal projects is estimated at around £55 millionnearly 90 per cent of which is related to the UK market.

The reportprepared by industry consultants OTMsays services required in the sector include business and financeenvironmental surveysdesignmanufactureoffshore constructionoperation and decommissioning.

The document says that most governments have introduced schemes to encourage the development and uptake of renewable energy and thatwhile most work to date has focused on wind and solar powerthe generation of electricity from marine power is the subject of renewed interest.

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