(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, February 2. The UK is ready
to assist Azerbaijan in the development of offshore wind industry
in the Caspian, Fergus Auld, UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan, told
'Azerbaijan has enormous potential for renewable energy, with 27
GW of wind and solar power onshore and 157 GW of wind power in the
Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea. As a country with the second
after China largest installed capacities of offshore wind in the
world and the largest pipeline of projects in Europe, the UK stands
ready to share our experience of developing the industry to help
Azerbaijan tap that huge potential,' he said.
According to the ambassador, the UK has already helped with
funding fund Azerbaijan's offshore wind roadmap, which was launched
jointly by the World Bank and IFC last year.
'We also organized a visit for Energy Minister Shahbazov to the
world's largest grid-connected floating offshore wind farm in
Kinradine, in the North Sea. I am pleased to see bp expanding into
renewable energy in Azerbaijan and look forward to the finalization
of the agreement on a 240 MW solar power plant in Jabrayil,' he
Auld also expressed hope that the Government of Azerbaijan will
make the best use of the decarbonization masterplan which bp helped
develop for support of the green growth reform agenda.
'The UK is committed to achieving net zero emissions
domestically by 2050. As part of this effort, we have enhanced our
capabilities across a wide range of renewable energy technologies,'
the ambassador added.
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