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New renewable energy centre for lifting and material handling company Certex

Certex UK a, leading suppliers for professional lifting and material handling solutions, is launching a new centre dedicated to the highly specialised renewable energy market.

Based within the flagship OrbisEnergy Centre in Lowestoft, the Certex Renewable Energy Centre offers customers a complete service package, including product supply, repair and maintenance, inspection and testing, certification management and training services. It will operate as part of the highly successful Certex Offshore Division which also has bases in Great Yarmouth and Aberdeen.

The new Renewable Energy Centre has been set up in response to an increasing global demand for offshore energy which includes a UK target of 15 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2020. This target is equivalent to a seven-fold increase in UK renewable energy consumption from 2008 levels and will lead to those within the industry requiring more specialised equipment, and increased support with technical engineering and health and safety requirements.

Certex has a long standing history of servicing both the offshore and renewable energy industries and its customers already include some of the world’s leading turbine manufacturers, such as Vestas Offshore and the major support/installation companies such as Sea Jacks and A2Sea. The company’s services cover the initial building of wind turbines to their maintenance and servicing.

Dave Butler, General Manager of Certex’s offshore operations, is confident that the company is ideally placed to meet the needs of this burgeoning market. "The new centre builds on the success of Certex’s offshore activities and combines years of industry experience with a global infrastructure that provides the best products and services currently available.

"In addition, all of our engineers receive extensive training and are qualified to perform even the most demanding of tasks in an offshore environment. This not only gives customers complete peace of mind in the selection and performance of equipment but also assures total legal compliance in meeting health and safety requirements."

Based in the recently opened OrbisEnergy Centre in Lowestoft, the Certex facility will be run by Jody Potter, Senior Verification/Certification Engineer, and amongst its services will offer free lifting and testing technical support together with advice at all levels to wind energy related companies in the locality.

Charles Gillespie, Sales and Marketing Director for Certex, said: "Over the next decade around £8billion will be invested along the East coast into the offshore renewable energy industry and this area is emerging as the international place of choice for large-scale offshore wind farms.
"The OrbisEnergy Centre has already attracted a wide range of companies involved in the renewable energy industry and we are excited to be part of this growing business community."

The opening of the Certex Renewable Energy Centre is another example of the growth of the company’s Offshore Division which has expanded considerably over the past five years to serve the needs of this specialist market. This includes the launch of its high profile Pressure and Ventilation Systems Division which has enjoyed huge success after only two years in operation and runs a fully equipped mobile workshop/utilities support vehicle for onsite pressure testing, repair and maintenance.

Certex is scheduled to recruit at least six additional qualified offshore engineers to support the activities of the new Renewable Energy Centre, who will join the twenty-strong engineering team at Great Yarmouth.

The centre will also work alongside the wider Certex international wind energy division which has facilities in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Norway.

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