Orkney wave-testing centre handed £4m boost

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The “world’s number one” wave-energy testing centre has been given a £4.1 million expansion grant by the Scottish Government.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney has received £3m for a new berth to test wave-power devices and £1.1m to test support vessels serving the energy industry in the area. The money was announced at the RenewableUK Wave and Tidal Conference in London by Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing.

“EMEC is the number one centre in the world for testing marine devices and it is vital that we maintain that lead and continue to reap the economic benefits,” he said.

“Since EMEC was established in 2003, the marine industry has created around 250 jobs on Orkney.”