31 Jan '14, 2pm

Army Disposal Experts Lend Expertise to Offshore Wind Turbine Industry

Army Disposal Experts Lend Expertise to Offshore Wind Turbine Industry

LONDON -- Army disposal experts are drawing on knowhow in handling hazards from improvised explosive devices to unearthed bombs to detect threats to offshore wind projects from millions of tons of World War II-era ordnance dumped at sea. Former British Army Major Simon Cooke worked from Northern Ireland to Lebanon, helped special forces with nuclear, chemical and biological counter terrorism, and had “jumped out of planes, blown things up” before he founded 6 Alpha Associates. Working at first to manage unexploded bombs uncovered by construction companies, Cooke’s business is one of a few that are preparing for fresh demand from offshore wind developers. “There’s enough work offshore to keep us going in Europe for at least a decade easily, without going anywhere else at all,” the managing director said. “If you look at the global trend, on and offshore for renewable energy...

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