THREE key appointments have been made at Blyth’s National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) as it prepares for a succession of multi-million-pound contracts.
A new £15m blade-testing facility and £15m tidal drive train-testing facility are currently being built at Narec and will be ready for action in the spring.
A second £35m wind turbine drive train development facility will open in April 2013, and an application for an offshore wind demonstration infrastructure site worth £18.5m will be submitted early next year.
Three members of the company’s senior management team have now joined its board.
Tony Ikwue, director of technology and innovation, joins the board with responsibility for strategy, and will ensure Narec keeps abreast of government policies on renewable energy.
Tony Quinn, the centre’s director of major projects and assets, will oversee the design, construction and business delivery of a £105m investment programme for offshore renewable blade and drive train test facilities.
Commercial director Steven Caseley will focus on developing commercial relationships with manufacturers, project developers and utilities for the testing of wind and marine technologies.
Chief executive officer Andrew Mill said: “These appointments come at a tremendously exciting time for Narec when we are building a world-leading portfolio of independent test, development and demonstration assets for the offshore renewables industry.
“All three have a hugely important role to play in the future success of Narec.”