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Scottish energy company signs wind power deal

SeaEnergy Renewables will develop steel infrastructure for wind industry with Nantong COSCO.

Scotland-based SeaEnergy Renewables (SERL) and Chinese company Nantong COSCO Ship Steel Structure Co (NCSC) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement (SCA) to develop and market steel structures for the offshore wind industry.

The SCA is expected to lead to a definitive agreement to develop and market turbine jacket substructures, towers and access systems for offshore wind farms. The companies said they will now work together to develop a business plan and commercial framework which will form the basis of their ongoing relationship.

Joel Staadecker, CEO of SERL, said: "The combination of our proven skills in delivering offshore infrastructure and turbines in deeper water and NCSC's expertise in design and manufacture of steel structures for marine applications provides the ideal platform to serve the growing global offshore wind industry as it moves into deeper waters."

Wang Zhihua, general manager of NCSC, said: "The signing of this strategic cooperation agreement with SeaEnergy Renewables is an important milestone in NCSC's expansion into the European market. Partnership with SeaEnergy will combine NCSC's fabrication infrastructure with SeaEnergy's outstanding expertise in the offshore environment."