14th September 2011
Harwich International Port has played host to a high-level delegation from the Chinese offshore wind industry.
The Chairman of Hongbo Nantong Windpower Equipment and four senior executives from the ZTT Submarine Cable Company, together with representatives of the Nantong Bureau of Commerce and the Maritime Union, are visiting the port to explore opportunities in the UK for the first time, and to understand the East Anglia Energy Coast.
David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, which owns Harwich International Port, commented:
“We are pleased to welcome these very important visitors and to have the opportunity to showcase Harwich’s capabilities and strengths in the wind energy sector. Having already assisted with three of the UK’s major wind energy sites at Greater Gabbard, Thanet and London Array, we are pleased that Harwich is becoming internationally renowned for its Green Energy facilities. Sustainable energy sources are of paramount importance, and it is good to know that Harwich International Port has the right location, facilities, and expertise to support current, and future, wind farm developments, both nationally and worldwide, securing a ‘greener’ future for all.”
Nantong Hongbo Windpower Equipment Limited have the capacity to manufacture 400 sets of towers per year and 600 gearboxes. The company aims to be the biggest in China with a capacity greater than 1000 sets per year. They currently supply Vestas, Gamesa, Siemens, Fuji and the leading Chinese domestic wind power companies.
ZTT is the largest vertically-integrated cable manufacturer in China and has the biggest R&D capacity in this sector in China. It supplies the China National Offshore Oil Company and is increasingly supplying the China offshore wind industry. ZTT offers the full range of Fibre and Copper cabling solutions including Submarine Cable System, Electric Power System, RF Cable System, FTTH Solution and Premise Cabling Solution. ZTT is currently operating 15 manufacturing plants and 1 R&D center in China and employs more than 3,000 people worldwide.
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Harwich International Port (HWH) is one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, container and bulk operations.
HWH is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 51 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.