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Invest in Fife raised the profile of Fife and the excellent opportunities on offer to renewable energy companies at the All Energy 2010 Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen last week. Eight companies with expertise in meeting the needs of the energy and renewable energy sectors made up the Fife stand organised by Fife Council’s Market Development Programme.

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, visited the Invest in Fife stand to meet with Bifab who recently announced a deal with Scottish and Southern Energy for £11 million in a move which will enhance the company’s overall competitiveness. In addition to the equity stake, SSE has secured an agreement with BiFab for the supply of a minimum of 50 jacket substructures per annum commencing around 2014 for a period of 10 to 12 years. BiFab who are located on the Energy Park Fife in Methil are world leaders in the design and supply of Jacket Substructures for the Offshore Wind sector and this investment will help create one of the best manufacturing facilities in Europe.

With more than 100 contacts were made on the Invest in Fife stand, feedback from the companies has been positive. Neil Henderson, Director, Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab) said: “This year was a great event; we’ve had a number of very productive conversations over the 2 days which demonstrate how buoyant the market is going to be.”

Fife offers a broad range of benefits to the renewable energy sector, not only in fabrication but also in marine consultancy, education and training. This year Fife based marine environmental consultants SMRU Ltd, marine research and development specialists QinetiQ from Rosyth and Dunfermline based Carnegie College all attended the event and reported an increase in enquiries for their services.

Fife Council’s Development Manager, Robin Presswood, spoke at the Power in the Regions plenary session. A packed audience heard about the work Fife Council is doing to help bring to life the economic advantages presented by the move to a low carbon economy.

Invest in Fife launched the Fife Infrastructure Opportunities brochure at All Energy 2010. The brochure describes the benefits to renewable energy companies of locating in Fife as well as giving details of various development opportunities available in the area. Copies can be obtained from Graham Hatton by calling 08451 555555 ext 492179 or by email

graham.hatton@fife.gov.uk.

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