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Cockenzie could cash in on wind energy boom

Cockenzie Power Station

Cockenzie Power Station

The manufacture of offshore wind turbines could begin in 2018 if a proposed Energy Park goes ahead on the site of Cockenzie Power Station.

The details and timescale of the project were outlined by Scottish Enterprise last week at a meeting of Prestonpans Community Council, attended by concerned local residents.

Project manager Colin Bell said Cockenzie had been identified as a possible location due to its history of energy use, its potential for deep water berthing and the substantial area of land around the site.

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He said windfarm developers were telling Scottish Enterprise that they wished to create manufacturing sites in the Firth of Forth, where components could be shipped straight out to sea.

“The project is driven by what the market – the offshore wind industry – is telling us they would like to do. We are trying to capitalise on that for the benefit of Scotland and hopefully for East Lothian too,” he said.

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