Joint ventures 'the future for UK wind energy projects'

17 Nov 2010
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Joint ventures 'the future for UK wind energy projects'

Wind energy developments in the UK will be reliant on the formation of joint ventures between companies.

This is according to Mark Basnett, the Mersey Partnership (TMP) director of investment, who stated that with orders for wind turbines expected to come to Merseyside in 2014, infrastructure needs to be put in place as soon as possible.

Speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post, he explained that with deliveries needing to be made by 2016, joint ventures will be the way forward for the wind energy developments to gather pace.

"We have identified complementary sites which fit into the picture of bringing raw products or pre-assemblies with some amount of manufacturing here," he said.

Mr Basnett stated that TMP wants to encourage firms from Germany and Scandinavia to choose Merseyside to base their wind turbine manufacturing facilities.

A recent study for TMP by consultancy firm Arup found that Liverpool has the potential to be a key base for the wind energy sector. 

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