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A North East company has unveiled a new state-of-the-art testing centre in the renewable energy field.
The National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, is hoping the testing units will help establish the region as a front runner in the field.
Currently, there is nothing like them anywhere else in the world - a point not lost on His Royal Highness the Duke of York when he officially opened the units earlier today, December 3.
The Duke of York has been in Blyth today for the opening of two new National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) facilities which have been built for the development of offshore renewable energy technologies.
Since construction began in February 2011, 400,000 man hours have been spent on the regeneration of Narec’s dock-side site in Blyth, Northumberland.
The lead construction contractor, Shepherd Construction, has kept work on the facilities local - placing over half of their orders with businesses within forty miles of the site and employing seventeen apprentices on the project.
The Duke of York will today open two multimillion pound renewable energy facilities in Northumberland as part of his efforts to recognise and support British excellence in science and engineering.
His Royal Highness is visiting the National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) to open the facilities for the development of offshore renewable energy technologies.
Costing nearly 34 million pounds to build, the facilities have been funded by both the UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund.