Scotland marine link with France
Co-operation agreement signed with Normandy on energy projects
Scotland has signed an international co-operation agreement on marine energy development with the Basse-Normandie region in France.
The strategic tie-up will increase the opportunity for Scottish companies to be involved in the supply chain of future tidal energy projects in Normandy and facilitate projects between universities in Scotland and France.
It also covers areas including research and training and Basse-Normandie teams and Scottish counterparts are already working to identify concrete projects.
President of the Basse-Normandie region Laurent Beauvais, president of the Manche General Council Jean-François Le Grand and president of the Cherbourg Urban Community André Rouxel signed the agreement at the Scottish Parliament today.
Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing (pictured), who was at the ceremony, said: “It represents a genuine opportunity for greater partnership working with a French region which has a real interest in promoting tidal energy not only within its own region but across Europe and on the international stage.”
Scotland is currently a global leader in the sector, which could be worth a potential £1bn to the country’s economy by 2020.
The signing of the strategic agreement coincides with the European Ocean Energy Association annual conference in Edinburgh this week, which is the first time the event has been held outside of Brussels.
Scottish Development International, the international development arm of Scottish Enterprise, worked closely with the EU to bring the conference to Scotland.
SDI chief executive Anne MacColl said: “This co-operation agreement is further testament to the strengths that both Scotland and West Normandy have in this sector and we look forward to working closely with the region to build on opportunities at a global level.”