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Chilean delegation from the Ministry of Energy visited Scotland

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They visited the Orkney Islands where they attended an environmental impact training course and visited the European Marine Energy Centre.

A Chilean delegation from the Ministry of Energy, the Environmental Impact Evaluation Service (SEA) and the Centre for Renewable Energy (CER) visited Scotland in May to see on site how this region is developing technologies for the generation of marine energy. The visit was made under the framework of the project ‘Recommendations for the Chilean Marine Energy Strategy’ that the British Embassy in Santiago is supporting through its Prosperity Fund.

The delegation visited the Orkney Islands where they attended an environmental impact training course (MaRINET) and visited the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to see the maintenance and operation rooms for the generation of marine energy from waves and tides. In Aberdeen, the visitors attended the ‘All Energy 2013’ Conference – Europe’s largest renewable energy exhibition, where the Chilean Ministry of Energy presented the government’s plans to develop renewable energy in Chile. The group also held meetings in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and the Orkney Islands with academics, government officials and project developers. In this context, the expertise and know-how gained during the visit will be a direct contribution to the Chilean Marine Energy Strategy.

The project ‘Recommendations for the Chilean Marine Energy Strategy’ is financed by the Prosperity Fund of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and will be implemented for the Chilean Ministry of Energy by the Scottish company Aquatera Limited.

For any information about this visit, please contact Felipe Osses, Climate Change and Green Growth Officer, at the British Embassy in Santiago.

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