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Voith Hydro grounds Wavegen

Parent company to shut Scottish operations and move to Germany

Voith Hydro is shutting its Wavegen business in Inverness as part of wider plans to centre its wave power activity in Germany.

A total of 18 people work in the Highlands office and although some will be offered the chance to relocate it is expected some jobs will go.

A spokesman said: "Voith Hydro is planning to reorganize the wave power technology within its ocean energy division and to pool the know-how at the company’s engineering centre in Heidenheim in Germany.

"Within the course of this reorganisation it is intended to shut down the location in Inverness. The plans affect 18 local employees."

Wavegen abandoned solo plans to build the Siadar wave scheme on Lewis late last year. Project partner RWE had pulled out in 2011.

Wavegen was founded in 1990 and bought by Voith in 2005.

Image: the installation at Mutriku in Spain was Wavegen's largest (Voith)

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