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Energy / From Shetland to Santiago as Voar joins energy trade mission to Chile

SHETLAND’s Voar Energy is part of a UK “trade mission” which has travelled to Chile to discuss hydrogen and renewable opportunities.

The group of renewable energy companies, led by the UK Government’s exports minister Lord Offord, will meet with Chilean government and business officials in Santiago.

Voar’s development director Tom Wills. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

The government says British expertise and services can boost Chile’s ambitions to develop its renewable energy capability.

There are a total of 12 companies on the trip to Chile, and local energy consultancy and project development firm Voar is the only Scottish representative.

Voar will be meeting with key Chilean developers and prospective customers.

Its development director Tom Wills said: “We are delighted to be participating in this UK trade mission at such an important moment in Chile’s energy transition.

“Chile is set to be a world leader in green hydrogen and at Voar we’re keen to develop relationships with others active in that area, with a particular focus on Power-to-X projects in remote locations and green bunkering and fuel systems for ships.”

In September Voar announced that it had begun working with clients in Norway.

Meanwhile the government said Chile is an important trading partner in Latin America and a fellow member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Lord Offord said: “With Chile’s ambition to boost its renewable energy infrastructure, and the UK’s expertise and capabilities in this field, there is a clear opportunity for both our countries to benefit and prosper.

“Chile is one of our most important trading partners in Latin America and with our upcoming accession to CPTPP I want to see trade between us boosted even further.”

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