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Scotland consultancy to give China expertise in offshore wind farm development

SgurrEnergy in Scotland signs contract to provide advice and support to design and develop first Guangdong province offshore wind farm Zhuhai in China

The two-year offshore wind contract will see SgurrEnergy advise on areas such as wind farm layout, site selection and design

A UK renewable energy consultancy in Scotland is to provide support for the development of the first China offshore wind farm in Guangdong province. Scotland company SgurrEnergy has signed a contract to provide strategic advice and expert support for the design and development of the offshore wind farm, Zhuhai.

The offshore wind contract, which will be delivered over two years, will see SgurrEnergy advise the Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute (GEDI), one of China's leading design institutions, on its landmark Zhuhai offshore wind farm. The Scotland based company will advise on areas such as wind farm layout, site selection and design, ocean hydrometeorology and will conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Witnessing the signing in Beijing, as part of his visit to strengthen trade and investment links with China, Humza Yousaf, Scottish minister for external affairs, highlighted SgurrEnergy's success as an example of how Scottish companies are providing both know-how and technology to support the growing Chinese renewables industry.

Humza Yousaf said: "SgurrEnergy already has a very strong track record of providing renewables expertise, knowledge and technology to China as it works towards meeting its green energy targets, and this announcement is great news for both countries.

"It is another positive step forward in strengthening Sino-Scottish links and confirming Scotland's reputation as a global leader in the development of renewable energy," Yousaf said.

The offshore wind news follows other UK-China developments in the renewable energy sector in 2013. This includes UK offshore wind measurement technology possibly playing a major role in the development of offshore wind farm projects in China, after its developer ZephIR Lidar was introduced in a workshop in the BRIC country in April this year.

China offshore wind experience

The latest project builds on SgurrEnergy's strong track record for the provision of consultancy on offshore wind development in China. The company was involved in the Jiangsu offshore wind farm project and has worked alongside the main Chinese utility providers via the World Bank's China Renewable Energy Scale-up Programme and EU Aid China.

Cathryn Chu from SgurrEnergy's Beijing office, said: "SgurrEnergy has been involved in the Chinese offshore wind industry since 2007. Our knowledge and experience gained in China, together with our advanced technical capability in offshore wind from Europe, has been key in the success of this partnership with GEDI. We are focused on delivering advice on best practice in offshore wind development, ensuring quality throughout the local capability scale-up and design phase. We are excited to be involved in the Chinese offshore wind sector in Guangdong, after having previously worked in Shandong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces."

Anne MacColl, chief executive of Scottish Development International, who is in Beijing promoting Scotland's trade and investment agenda, said: "Scottish Development International has been working closely with the Scottish renewables industry to take a closer look at how to apply its innovation and experience to the Chinese market.

"This latest success by SgurrEnergy demonstrates the reputation of the Scottish renewables sector as a collaborative knowledge partner for technology and engineering in China."