Graham Kennedy of the Offshore Group Newcastle says the offshore market for wind turbines is buoyant and 6,000 will be needed in the next few years in the UK sector.
OGN in Wallsend has received a government grant to build a prototype of a new foundation for offshore wind turbines. It wants to build a new factory to mass produce them by 2014, bringing up to 1,000 new jobs.
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