Offshore Energy Network to Create Jobs

Renewable energy group Norstec has been back by the government with the aim of creating thousands of jobs in the North East, reports the Northern Echo.

Norstec is a group of several companies in the North East, including the Deep Ocean Group and JDR Cables. The companies met to discuss how to make the best use of the potential of the sector which is expected to create around 1,000 jobs in the area. This is a major boost to offshore wind power as it shows a concerted effort by the government to back the sector.

The Prime Minister has stated that “close collaboration between industry and government will be critical to making this happen.” The Climate Change Secretary then added “The offshore wind industry represents a massive growth opportunity for the UK and our neighbours around the northern seas, bringing jobs and reenergising once thriving industrial heartlands on the east coast and beyond.”

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Scotland attracts renewable energy investment

Scottish Development International has reported that Scotland’s growing reputation for the development of pioneering wind, wave and tidal renewable technologies is attracting many major global companies to establish bases in Scotland.

It has been reported that over the last 12 months international companies such as Gamesa, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Samsung Heavy Industries, ABB and Alstom have all announced plans to invest in Scotland to develop renewable technologies.

Gamesa, the Spanish-based international renewables manufacturer has established an R&D facility in Strathclyde, near Glasgow.  This year it announced that Port of Leith, Edinburgh would be the location for the company’s 150 million euro UK offshore wind manufacturing base.

Also the Japanese manufacturing giant Mitsubishi Power Systems plans to invest up to £100 million in Scotland to develop renewable energy research and is also considering creating a major offshore wind turbine manufacturing site.


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Welsh Water invest £1bn in renewable energy projects

The Guardian has reported that Welsh Water  has announced it will be spending £1billion on infrastructure projects in Herefordshire, Wales and Deeside over the next three years.

Welsh Water which is owned by not for profit Glas Cymru is upgrading its treatment works, rebuilding 22 of them, maintaining its networks of water mains and sewers and importantly investing more money into renewable energy projects.

The company, which has 2,000 employees, says its investment means jobs for a further 1,500 people.

The chairman of Welsh Water Bob Ayling said: “Our ambition is to deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers supplying drinking water of the highest quality and safeguarding the environment that we look after on behalf of the communities we serve.

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Teesside's Renewable Energy Renaissance

The Financial Times has reported that Teesside is becoming a hotbed for renewable energy investment, with around thirty low carbon investments.

These investments are set to be added to, with various proposals set to be implemented. They range from an anaerobic energy research plant to a processing plant for over 400,000 tonnes of household waste to a £200 million advanced gasification plant for the new energy and technology plant near Billingham. These will all create jobs and investment.

Another proposed scheme is the Tenergis project, which will process crude oil and produce diesel, kerosene and hydrogen. The North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) estimates over 50 million metric tonnes of waste is produced annually, with over three quarters being recyclable. NEPIC believes the government should review its policies on industry and energy to protect the UK’s industrial base from carbon taxation. The hesitancy has left projects such as a £500 million biomass plant on hold in the area.

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New Project Manager job–London, North West

Our client is an engineering company with offices throughout the UK.  They require a Project Manager to join their European team for development.

Based in either their office in the North West or London, you will manage wind energy projects both nationally and internationally.  This will involve preparation of quotations and scopes of work, following up on projects, client liaison, and being responsible for upkeep of all quality throughout the project lifetime.

The ideal candidate for this Project Manager position wil lbe qualified to minimum HNC in an engineering discipline or possess equivalent industrial experience and possess a proven track record in managing projects within the wind industry.  Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

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For more information, or to apply for this Project Manager position, please contact Barney Smith at  CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email

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