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Offshore energy summit held in Scotland

Offshore energy industry leaders have met in Scotland to discuss opportunities from the transition to renewable energy.

First minister Alex Salmond greeted representatives of energy companies including Scottish Power, Subsea 7, Technip, Dong Energy and Vattenfall at a summit organised by Scottish Enterprise in Aberdeen.

Mr Salmond said: “Offshore wind offers massive economic rewards to Scotland with over £100 billion of investment planned across the UK over the next 10 years.”

Earlier this month, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe announced plans to invest £100 million into the development of offshore wind technology in Scotland.

Offshore wind alone could create as many as 48,000 jobs by 2020 and contribute £7.1bn to the economy over the next decade.

Adrian Gillespie, senior director of energy at Scottish Enterprise, said: “In less than five years’ time we will begin to see construction of some of the world’s most ambitious offshore wind farms in Scottish waters.

“We know that developers are already building their supply chains as it is key to their project profitability, so we must act quickly to utilise our vast offshore expertise at all stages of project planning and implementation.

“This summit will hopefully mark a step change in securing an effective and efficient supply chain based on our unrivalled offshore experience from our world-leading oil and gas sector.”

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