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US wind turbine project in North.

GIANT wind turbines are to be developed by a Californian company in the North East.

The new generation of offshore turbines will be engineered using expertise and advanced facilities already in place at Blyth.

Energy giant Clipper Windpower expects to create 25 skilled engineering jobs initially, as well as boosting the region's growing reputation in the renewables and offshore sectors.

Blyth was the first place in Britain to have an offshore wind turbine development and is home to the North East Centre of Excellence for New & Renewable Energy.

Regional development agency One NorthEast has agreed to invest a pounds 5m package of support into Project Britannia, with Clipper Windpower basing its prototype technology in Blyth.

The investment is the culmination of two years' collaboration between Clipper Windpower, One NorthEast, the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform and UK Trade & Investment to bring the project to the region and identify supply chain development.

At Blyth, Clipper Wind-power will develop and test a prototype 7.5 MW offshore turbine - which will be the largest offshore in the world.

It will have the potential to provide enough electricity to offset more than 32 million tonnes of CO2.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2007
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