By Claire West
With a Swedish firm behind the world’s biggest offshore wind farm located off the UK coast, Sir Andrew Cahn, head of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), is visiting the Nordic states this week with green energy high on the agenda.
In Copenhagen on Monday, he will be meeting Vestas Wind Systems, the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world. Vestas has installed 41,000 wind turbines in 65 countries on five continents.
On Tuesday, he travels to Norway, where he will meet Aker Clean Carbon, a world-wide engineering organisation that is working with ScottishPower on carbon capture technology, and Statoil and Statkraft, which are involved in offshore wind. On Wednesday, in Sweden, he will meet representatives of Vattenfall, the owners of the Thanet offshore wind farm, which opened off the Kent coast in September.
He is also due to meet senior trade officials and other business leaders and will address a conference on business opportunities in the UK.
Sir Andrew Cahn said:
“People have described the North Sea as being the Saudi Arabia of wind energy. UK and Nordic firms are already leaders in this technology with the UK having the largest installed offshore wind energy capacity in the world. I’ll be looking for opportunities to increase our trade and talking to key investors about their future plans.
“The Nordic markets are great trade partners for the UK. We have much in common in terms of business culture, transparency and openness to trade. I would urge UK firms interested in these markets to contact UKTI to find out how to build business bridges across the North Sea.”