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PM sees Estonia as testing region for developing wind energy

Estonian news - eteap April 11, 2018

Baltic News Service. 11th of April, 2018

Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Tuesday evening visited the technology campus of Sweden’s energy and automation technology concern ABB located near Tallinn in Juri, encouraging the company to test developing renewable energy along the coastal region of Estonia.

According to Ratas, investments of development intensive foreign companies in Estonia are important for developing the local economy and creating high salary jobs and here there are several possibilities for increasing cooperation. “One possible path is to bring new product groups to the Estonian unit or develop the implementation of renewable energy. Wind generators of several various producers have been tested in our coastal regions for years already and we wish that ABB would also use Estonia as a testing and development location in the field of renewable energy,” the prime minister said.

The prime minister with Jukka Patrikainen, head of ABB’s Estonian units, discussed the company’s future plans and spoke about how to make Estonia an even more attractive and business friendly environment. A topic discussed during the conversation was the challenges facing the technology and energy sector. According to the prime minister, the role of the government is to approach bottlenecks individually and comprehensively and give entrepreneurs security.

“We are glad that the government and prime minister are still showing great interest in the fate of large industrial companies,” Patrikainen said. “I confirm that ABB is continuing to contribute to the Estonian economy and society. We hope along with the state to also solve important problems hindering business activity, foremost issues concerning the workforce.”

ABB is an international industrial group, the predominantly produces energy appliances to power plans, energy transmission systems, automatic equipment and robotic systems. The company employes approximately 150,000 people in some 100 countries. ABB has been active in Estonia since 1992 and employes more than 1,300 people here. Its business here is divided into three areas: sale of equipment, systems, maintenance services and projects; manufacture of motors, generators, renewable energy equipment, electrical cabines and substations; and accounting, supply chain management and human resources services.

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