Prince Andrew to visit Wells tomorrow to learn about Norfolk’s offshore energy industry

The Duke of York, Prince Andrew is due to visit Wells tomorrow to learn more about the �1 billion Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm project.

He will be visiting the operational headquarters of Scira Offshore Energy and meeting staff from Gardline, the marine sciences company based in Great Yarmouth.

His Royal Highness is interested to learn more about the rapidly developing offshore energy industry in the UK.

The two companies, Scira and Gardline, are, in varying capacities, involved in the development of the 88 turbine Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, situated between nine and 17 miles off the North Norfolk coast.

On arrival Prince Andrew will be welcomed by Einar Str�msv�g, general manager of Scira, and briefed about the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm and other large developments planned for the southern North Sea, before visiting the outer harbour in Wells to inspect one of Gardline's latest wind farm vessels made by Alicat Workboats.

Gregory Darling, chairman of Gardline, will welcome Prince Andrew on-board, for a presentation about the company and its role in many offshore energy projects.

During his visit, the prince will be meeting representatives from the wider community, including local landowners, those involved in education and training, fishermen, owners of local businesses, members of the recently formed North Norfolk Renewables Group, the harbour commissioners, as well as town and district councillors.

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