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Chinese state-owned decommissioning firm plans Dundee base

The announcement was made during the First Minister's official visit to China.

Decomissioning: Chinese firm to open Dundee base (file pic).
Decomissioning: Chinese firm to open Dundee base (file pic). PA

A Chinese state-owned decommissioning firm plans to open a base in Scotland.

The announcement was made during the First Minister's official visit to China this week.

China Ocean Engineering Shanghai (COES) intends to open offices in Dundee and said jobs are likely to follow.

Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the announcement, saying: "Throughout my visit to China I have been travelling with the message that Scotland is a fantastic place to invest and do business.

"I look forward to hearing more details of COES's plans in due course."

Nicola Sturgeon has held a series of meetings with Chinese business leaders this week.

However, questions have been raised over the timing of the Scottish Government's intervention in plans for an Angus wind farm backed by Beijing.

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Scottish ministers took the unusual step of calling in the planning application for a substation linked to the wind farm this week, saying it may be of "national importance".

It will now be decided by government ministers instead of local councillors.

The developer of the wind farm, Inch Cape Offshore, is owned by Red Rock Power, a subsidiary of China's largest state-owned investment holding firm.

Nicola Sturgeon opened Red Rock's Edinburgh headquarters in 2016 and pledged to "work closely" with its parent company, the Chinese State Development and Investment Corporation (SDIC).

The First Minister met SDIC officials on Tuesday but the wind farm was not discussed, the Scottish Government said.

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