Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing visits Hydro House

Published on 26th February 2013

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing visits Hydro House

Hydro Group welcomed the Scottish Government Energy Minister Fergus Ewing to its Aberdeen headquarters on Tuesday 26 February 2013.

The visit was part of a two-day tour of the city by Mr Ewing, with a primary focus of inspecting the work Hydro Group has undertaken in the renewables energy sector.

Mr Ewing was given a presentation by Doug Whyte, Hydro Group CEO, which provided an overview of the company’s products and services – in particular, its design and innovation of subsea power cables and connectors for the offshore renewable energy industry.

The minister was then invited to take a tour of the Aberdeen facilities, followed by lunch with a number of the group directors.

Mr Whyte said: “We were delighted to have been joined by the Scottish Energy Minister at our headquarters. We welcome to chance to demonstrate the renewable energy aspect of our business and outline our plans for the future.

“It will also be an invaluable opportunity to learn where this sits within the Scottish Government’s overall renewables framework.

“As a company we are in a fairly unique position as we operate in the oil and gas, defence and renewables markets. Market diversification is at the heart of the future of industry in the north-east.

“As a global designer and manufacturer of underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, 37% of our oil and gas market is based on export. We take the raw materials and manufacture from start to finish in Scotland, before exporting all over the world.”

Raey Currie, Scottish Enterprise, commented: “Hydro Group is an excellent example of a SME who has continued to invest in R&D and their people. As a result their growth remains strong, both at home and overseas markets, in their key market segments of defence, oil and gas and renewable energy.”

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