Marine energy parl plan unveiled

Made man: Business Secretary Vince Cable, pictured in South Yorkshire earlier this year, returns as one of the principal guests at MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival. '''''PICTURE: STEVE PARKIN
Made man: Business Secretary Vince Cable, pictured in South Yorkshire earlier this year, returns as one of the principal guests at MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival. '''''PICTURE: STEVE PARKIN
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Plans for a pioneering marine energy park, designed to establish Yorkshire and the Humber as a world leader in the development of renewable energy technologies are due to be unveiled in Sheffield next week.

Marine decommissioning, regeneration and logistics business ABLE UK will launch plans for the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) at ReXpo, the two-day renewable energy and sustainability conference and exhibition, one of the leading fringe events at this year’s entrepreneurs’ festival in the city.

ABLE want to develop a site stretching over a square mile with almost a mile long deep water quay on the south bank of the Humber.

It reckons the site is ideally placed to link in with some of the strongest engineering and marine supply chains in the UK, led by Sheffield for advanced manufacturing and heavy engineering expertise.

ABLE’s development executive David Shepherd said: “AMEP is gaining significant momentum now and passes to the Secretary of State for Transport in November. Investor interest has ramped up significantly and we aim to put large-demand customers on the supply chains’ doorstep.

ReXpo takes place at The Blue Shed, off Brightside Lane on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week and starts with discussions about the latest developments in marine energy, biomass, onshore and offshore wind, nuclear, carbon capture and storage.

The second day will focus on the Green Deal, the government’s scheme to make the nation’s homes more energy efficient, which is due to be launched in October.

Speakers at the event will include Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership chairman James Newman and representatives of Sheffield-based green energy expert ITM Power.

ReXpo acts as a curtain raiser for MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, which runs from Wednesday to Friday and opens with the Made in Britain conference in Sheffield City Hall.

Speakers will include Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable, former Dragons Den panelist and founder of the School for Startups Doug Richard, David Richards, Sheffield-born founder of Silicon Valley software firm WANdisco and Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of fashion chain Red or Dead.

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