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At the heart of the renewables revolution

ERIKS UK has set up a virtual office in the OrbisEnergy Centre in Lowestoft, the offshore wind energy capital of Britain.

OrbisEnergy is more than just a building, the 3,300 square meter centre for excellence is driving local regeneration offering tenants, visitors and investors direct access to a dedicated, offshore renewable business network. OrbisEnergy tenants enjoy the benefit of being part of a dedicated business network and part of the sector's specialist supply chain, sharing ideas and working together at the very earliest stages of a project to innovate and develop.

With the East of England already the offshore wind energy capital of Britain, OrbisEnergy is the focal point for investors, suppliers, large utilities, and small and medium enterprises. Perfectly situated at Ness Point in Lowestoft, the country's most easterly point, OrbisEnergy is close to nearby airports and ports, in a region that has a talented and skilled workforce with decades of experience in all aspects of offshore engineering and energy.

EastPort UK's Outer Harbour construction at Great Yarmouth, and the work of 1st East - the Urban Regeneration Company for Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth - developing a wider 'Power Park', along with the POWER cluster project, are just some of the many factors that makes OrbisEnergy ideally placed.

The region itself is committed to supplying 14% of its electricity from renewables by 2010. The draft East of England plan sets the region's target for renewable energy at 44% by 2020, far ahead of the national targets. Of the 371MW of energy planned for the region from offshore wind projects by 2010, 288MW are already in place or approved.

Further ahead, it is estimated that a quarter of the UK's electricity needs could be met through wave and tidal energy, both currently at an embryonic stage of their development. The East of England region invests more funding into research and development than anywhere else in the UK and more too than most European regions. This means the region can also offer comprehensive support services for the emerging marine renewables sector.

Jonathan Read, ERIKS UK Regional Operations Manager for East Anglia said "Opening the Virtual office at the Orbis Energy centre gives a fantastic opportunity to be part of the expanding renewable energy market in the East Anglian Region. It will also make ERIKS visible nationally to various other renewable energy projects around Great Britain. These are very exciting and promising times for the region and the Great Yarmouth Service Centre is ideally positioned to take full advantage of this new business sector"

ERIKS virtual office contact details are:

Wilde Street
NR32 1 XH.
Tel No : 01502 509319
Fax No : 01502 539064

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