Marine Services Firm to Lay Greener Foundations

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Byline: Christopher Knox

AMARINE services company has set up a subsidiary in Newcastle to help lay the foundations for green energy projects in the region, including the introduction of wind farms off Blyth.

Marine data specialist Partrac Group, based in Glasgow, has set up Partrac Consulting in Newcastle, which is helping launch wind farm developments by carrying out environmental impact assessments (EIAs). The new business is working on a number of contracts, including work with Scottish consultant Natural Power to support a submission by Narec to build coastal foundations for its Offshore Wind Demonstrator Scheme. The scheme will be located offshore from Narec's Blyth headquarters, and will enable turbine manufacturers to test and demonstrate their prototype and pre-production turbines, with the opportunity to also study construction methods and remote monitoring.

Partrac Consulting has completed environmental impact assessments for EDF Energy as part of its plans to build a wind farm at Coatham Sands at Redcar, Teesside.

It is working on developments outside the North East, including EIAs at a site at The Firth of Forth in Scotland, where two wind farms are being built by green energy developers Mainstream Renewable Power and Sea Energy. The company said it has a number of additional contracts in the pipeline which would help to hit a turnover of pounds 500,000 in its first year, before doubling this to pounds 1m next year. …

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