Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond has welcomed the completion of a $10m (£6.45m) licensing agreement, which will see gasification technology pioneered in Scotland being introduced into China.
The deal is between gasification specialist W2E Engineering Scotland and Chinese company Shanghai Huanan Boiler and Vessel Co/Cochran (SHBV/Cochran). The two companies have signed a licensing and manufacturing agreement to provide SHBV/Cochran with a minimium $60m of business each year for the next 10 years by building new facilities in Annan, Dumfriesshire and China.
Salmond said: “While China will benefit from improved waste management, green power and the direct manufacturing jobs in building the equipment and constructing and operating the plant, the Annan plant will benefit from undertaking the R&D engineering and project management. This can then be applied to future green energy plants in the UK, China and worldwide, potentially making Annan a centre of excellence for this technology.”
The announcement came as the Chinese government made a state visit to Scotland. Vice-premier Li and six ministers attended a presentation on Scotland’s offshore renewable energy industry, and they will visit Pelamis Wave Power in Edinburgh.