Liverpool coastline 'could become major energy hub'

15 Nov 2010
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Liverpool coastline 'could become major energy hub'

Up to £15 billion investment in wind energy off the coast of Liverpool could help to transform the city into a major hub for the renewable technology, research claims.

A study conducted by consultants Arup on behalf of investment agency The Mersey Partnership found that Liverpool could become a key base for the offshore wind energy industry.

Over the next decade, up to £15 billion could be invested in the industry, the report found.

"With ease of access by sea, excellent land and quay facilities and a large pool of technically skilled labour, Liverpool City Region offers a prime opportunity for wind energy manufacture, supply chain and marine logistics operations," the Financial Times quoted the report as saying.

Several gigawatts of power could be produced from wind turbines in the Irish Sea off the coast of Liverpool, the report claimed.

The Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead could also be turned into a key hub for servicing the offshore wind energy industry, it said.

Wind power is also being promoted in other parts of the country. Earlier this month, the Department for Energy and Climate Change gave the go-ahead for a new wind farm in Northumberland.
 

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