London showcase for Orkney marine energy businesses

Nine Orkney based marine energy businesses are set to take part in a major industry event being held in London this week.

Organised by Renewable UK, the Wave and Tidal 2017 conference and exhibition is aimed at demonstrating the value of the marine energy industry to the UK and securing high-level support for the sector.

A wide range of technology developers and supply chain firms from throughout the country will join key politicians and industry leaders at the event, being held in the QEII Conference Centre tomorrow (Thursday, 23 February).

Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council are supporting the attendance of the Orkney businesses.

Orkney is an important hub for marine energy development, with many tidal companies working from Hatston Pier in Kirkwall

Graeme Harrison, HIE’s area manager for Orkney, said: “The strong Orkney presence in London this week reflects the central role our islands continue to play in the development of the UK wave and tidal sector. This important event represents the ideal opportunity to showcase the breadth of expertise we can offer to the industry here in Orkney and also ensures the islands will have an input into top-level discussions on the sector’s future.”

Orkney delegates speaking at the event will include Christopher Milne, chief financial officer at Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd, Jason Schofield, managing director of Green Marine (UK) Ltd, Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, and Neil Kermode, managing director of the European Marine Energy Centre.

The Scotrenewables SR2000 tidal device, with the SME Plato in the background, at Hatston Pier in Kirkwall, Orkney - image by Colin Keldie

Mr Kermode said: “For those further south, Orkney is perceived to be far flung. However, we know that when it comes to marine energy and energy innovation more generally, Orkney is far from peripheral. More wave and tidal energy converters have been tested here than anywhere else in the world.”

He added: “Orkney is a living laboratory, one that proves investment in innovation creates jobs in coastal communities, as well as huge export opportunities. Local companies are already exporting their knowledge, so the rest of the UK has an opportunity to capitalise on our global lead and the industrial opportunities so many other countries are now also chasing.”

Amongst the Orkney firms traveling to London are Kirkwall based marine operations specialists, Leask Marine, who now operate worldwide.

Orkney's Leask Marine will be present at the event in London - image by Colin Keldie

“Leask Marine are very keen to support this important event promoting wave and tidal activities in the UK,” said the firm’s commercial manager, John Macleod. “This platform presents the opportunity to promote the many positives that are currently happening within the wave and tidal supply chain and to engage with the industry’s private and public stakeholders. It’s also important for future potential developers to understand the real depth of knowledge and experience held within Orkney’s supply chain, which is fully committed to ensuring commercially viable marine energy operations.”

The full list of Orkney businesses attending Wave and Tidal 2017 is -




Green Marine

Heddle Construction

Leask Marine

Orcades Marine


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