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Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits our National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth

Published 11 December 2020

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, visited ORE Catapult at Blyth today (Friday 11 December 2020).  Together with senior industry figures from SSE Renewables , Equinor, GE Renewable Energy and LM Wind Power, he saw first-hand the scale and scope of the next-generation advanced testing and validation undertaken by ORE Catapult at Blyth.

Our Test & Validation Director Tony Quinn led an extensive tour through our Blade Test 2 and 15MW drive train test facilities, showing the LM 107m blade and GE’s Haliade-X nacelle that will be installed at the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank.

ORE Catapult CEO Andrew Jamieson said: “Prime Minister Johnson was both extremely engaged and hugely impressed.  He promised support for the continued growth of the offshore renewables industry, with a strong emphasis on delivering UK benefit.”