Marine firm breaks into new market

NORTH Devon company J and S Ltd has made a major step into the emerging new market of energy renewables. The company employs 120 people at its sites in Barnstaple and Aberdeen, working on a range of engineering and production activities, primarily in nava

NORTH Devon company J and S Ltd has made a major step into the emerging new market of energy renewables.The company employs 120 people at its sites in Barnstaple and Aberdeen, working on a range of engineering and production activities, primarily in naval support and sub-sea asset management for the North Sea oil and gas exploration markets.But recently it set up a new renewable energy team in Barnstaple. This has now gained its first success, breaking into the renewable energy market with a half-million pound contract from the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.J and S will provide and install sub-sea connections to the cables, which will enable the wave and tidal energy converter companies trialling their equipment to connect to EMEC facilities and on to the National Grid.Chris Napier, general manager of the renewable energy team, said the contract would last about six months, but that it was hoped this work would open the door for other opportunities, such as the South West Wave Hub.J and S managing director David Jefferies said: "This is a major breakthrough for our company and vindication of our strategy of diversification from our core naval support and oil and gas markets into the rapidly emerging wave and tidal sectors of the marine renewables energy market."EMEC managing director Neil Kermode said: "We are pleased to be working with J and S on this prestigious contract. I am confident that J and S's many years' experience in marine in-water electrical connectgions for naval and poil and gas applications will be successfully developed to provide high voltage connection capabilities for our sites.


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