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excludes UK firms from offshore wind boom.

UK misses out as foreign firms and workers do bulk of windfarm work | Environment | The Guardian

Britain is leading the world in the building of windfarms off its coastline but the "green revolution" appears to be largely working in favour of foreign firms.

The Danish operator of the world's biggest offshore windfarm, off Cumbria is the latest to come under fire for favouring foreign suppliers and allegedly providing "negligible" work or services to local UK companies.

Dong Energy opened the Walney scheme on 9 February boasting it had erected more than 100 turbines in double quick time and had broken other records by bringing in foreign investors.

But John Woodcock, Labour MP for Barrow-in-Furness where the formal opening of Walney took place, blamed ministers as well as companies, saying they had taken their eye off the ball.

"The impact here has been fairly negligible. The Danish company has been using its own trusted suppliers on shipping contracts and other supply deals. This is not how Ed Miliband [as Labour energy secretary] envisaged it. We need a level playing field so that British companies can win a share of the action."

France is coming late to the party, but is avoiding this Anglo-Saxon blunder.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Feb 29th, 2012 at 04:40:39 AM EST
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Drive-by comment:

of course this is true. the offshore wind sector has developed of necessity transport, construction and installation sectors which involve highly skilled labor (among other components). These skills, and more importantly experience, can't just be picked out of the air.

If i'm building a UK windplant offshore, with the risk levels involved, i'm going to use experienced crews. Much of those crews, and the ships, came from the oil and gas sector. The Uk does have the foundation in place, but the current expertise came from Dutch and Danish companies.

Germany recognized the problem, and there are several training and certification centers, where those with onshore experience can be upleveled to offshore requirements. There are also companies who build up the necessary skills in the workforce, and gradually become part of the existing sector.

The UK will get there too. But you have to have the program in place, or you won't.

REETEC (there's an english version also)


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Feb 29th, 2012 at 06:34:16 AM EST
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Of course, he doesn't mention that the labour party had 17 years to lock this stuff in place, but somehow dropped the ball

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 29th, 2012 at 08:56:19 AM EST
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