EWEA Offshore: Siemens sees future outside Europe

DENMARK: Offshore wind has a future outside Europe, providing a major contribution to the energy mix of many countries, according to Siemens offshore wind CEO Michael Hannibal.

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Speaking to Windpower TV, he said: 'I definitely believe that we will see offshore outside Europe. We have been watching the US and have followed the project deals closely, and we are still following that market.

"We are also active in China, where we have already installed. And we are following markets like Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and we will be ready. It's a wonderful opportunity for the European offshore wind industry to go out there and use our capabilities in those markets."

The European offshore wind industry also has to look to floating projects if it is to compete in some markets, Hannibal argued.

"We have installed our first floating project in Norway in 2009, and it's working. And we are now exploring other opportunities with Statoil for floating projects. That is something that could be utilised for example in Japan," he said.

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