Major renewable energy schemes like Navitus Bay should come with local jobs plan say business leaders

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MAJOR renewable energy projects like the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm should come with a plan for creating local jobs, business leaders have said.

Four Local Enterprise Partnerships – including Dorset’s – have joined with Regen SW to urge the government to make the idea a requirement for all such large projects.

Their call comes in response to a government consultation on large-scale renewable schemes.

Merlin Hyman, chief executive of Regen SW – a not-for-profit company working to for a “prosperous low-carbon economy” in the region – said: “Nearly half of all UK infrastructure investment this decade will be in energy – over £100 billion. This is a huge opportunity to renew our local economies and deliver for local communities. We believe that renewable energy projects should make the most of the local skills. We also believe that this will help drive down costs by developing efficient local supply chains for renewable energy projects.”

He said the South West Renewable Energy Manifesto, launched earlier this year, aimed to exploit the potential for creating jobs in renewable energy.

“This is an important opportunity for government to help us with that aspiration by ensuring all renewable energy companies have a plan to support growth in the local area,” he said.

The Navitus Bay project would involve up to 218 turbines, 12 miles off the coast of Bournemouth.

Project director Mike Unsworth recently welcomed a government announcement that more money would be going into offshore wind farms rather than those in the countryside.

He said developments such as Navitus Bay would create “tens of thousands of jobs”.

The company has said its operations and maintenance base – which would be the park’s HQ over its 25-year lifespan – would support around 160 jobs annually.

It said the park could support at least 2,000 jobs during peak construction years and would be worth £1.85billion to the region’s economy over its lifetime.

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5:11pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

Let's pick a number.....tens of thousands of jobs/
would support around 160 jobs annually/
It said the park could support at least 2,000 jobs during peak construction


They can't even decide a number........note the subliminal buzz word.
Yep.....jobs,jobs,jo
bs.
Let's pick a number.....tens of thousands of jobs/ would support around 160 jobs annually/ It said the park could support at least 2,000 jobs during peak construction They can't even decide a number........note the subliminal buzz word. Yep.....jobs,jobs,jo bs. BIGTONE
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5:45pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Townee says...

Mr Unsworth didn't say where the HQ would be located. I wonder how many local people have the skills to build the turbines , I think this is a specialist job for highly skilled people who are used to working at sea.
A program on Mighty ships showed how the turbines at fitted at sea and it's not an easy job with winds and rough seas.
Will Poole be the base from where they transport the turbines? This would give people jobs in the supply stage, food, equipment, port access and so on. Seeing that program I would think Poole would not be suitable , the harbour entrance is not wide enough to cope with the large turbine blades on board a large ship.
I hope these do get built, I for one am looking froward to seeing them installed and working.
Mr Unsworth didn't say where the HQ would be located. I wonder how many local people have the skills to build the turbines , I think this is a specialist job for highly skilled people who are used to working at sea. A program on Mighty ships showed how the turbines at fitted at sea and it's not an easy job with winds and rough seas. Will Poole be the base from where they transport the turbines? This would give people jobs in the supply stage, food, equipment, port access and so on. Seeing that program I would think Poole would not be suitable , the harbour entrance is not wide enough to cope with the large turbine blades on board a large ship. I hope these do get built, I for one am looking froward to seeing them installed and working. Townee
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7:13pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Redgolfer says...

Townee wrote:
Mr Unsworth didn't say where the HQ would be located. I wonder how many local people have the skills to build the turbines , I think this is a specialist job for highly skilled people who are used to working at sea.
A program on Mighty ships showed how the turbines at fitted at sea and it's not an easy job with winds and rough seas.
Will Poole be the base from where they transport the turbines? This would give people jobs in the supply stage, food, equipment, port access and so on. Seeing that program I would think Poole would not be suitable , the harbour entrance is not wide enough to cope with the large turbine blades on board a large ship.
I hope these do get built, I for one am looking froward to seeing them installed and working.
That's your view, I am of the opposite view, unless there is a consensus of opinion that states the majority of people in the area want it, please do not let it happen but if the Council are involved then it will happen because they listen to no one ????
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Mr Unsworth didn't say where the HQ would be located. I wonder how many local people have the skills to build the turbines , I think this is a specialist job for highly skilled people who are used to working at sea. A program on Mighty ships showed how the turbines at fitted at sea and it's not an easy job with winds and rough seas. Will Poole be the base from where they transport the turbines? This would give people jobs in the supply stage, food, equipment, port access and so on. Seeing that program I would think Poole would not be suitable , the harbour entrance is not wide enough to cope with the large turbine blades on board a large ship. I hope these do get built, I for one am looking froward to seeing them installed and working.[/p][/quote]That's your view, I am of the opposite view, unless there is a consensus of opinion that states the majority of people in the area want it, please do not let it happen but if the Council are involved then it will happen because they listen to no one ???? Redgolfer
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