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First Minister welcomes sustainable energy collaboration

During a visit to Hanover, First Minister Alex Salmond met with the President of Lower Saxony David McAllister and his Cabinet. In his speech the First Minister encouraged Scotland and Lower Saxony to work together in driving forward a secure and sustainable energy sector across Europe, which would bring economic benefits and help both meet the energy challenges of the 21st Century.

He also again welcomed the launch of the European North Sea Energy Alliance (ENSEA) and its subsequent drive to encourage collaboration across borders and all sectors. The ENSEA is a partnership between Scotland, Norway (Rogaland), Northern Germany (Ems-Achse) and Northern Netherlands (Energy Valley) formed to develop knowledge of energy transition. The European Union supports this project and has awarded a € 3 million grant to the new Region of Knowledge.

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