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Simon's got the oceans at his fingertips - in the heart of north Cork

BUTTEVANT BASED FIRM IS A LEADER IN MARINE ENERGY

MARIA HERLIHY

Published 08/11/2012 | 08:49

This giant turbine is among the types used by Simon, pictured left, (the rotors go round under the water).

THERE isn't that much wind and certainly not a sighting of a tidal wave, but still it hasn't deterred an international company from setting up its base in Buttevant.

Engineer Simon De Pietro of DP Marine Energy, who deals in major wind and tidal projects, told The Corkman that he stopped off in Buttevant a little over a decade ago, spotted a house for sale, and he's been here ever since.

"I am sure people will think and say that as I'm an engineer whose work is surrounded by tidal and wind energy I won't find a lot of that in Buttevant," laughed Mr De Pietro, who is originally from Bristol.

But despite not being near wind or water, it hasn't stopped his company, which has nine staff, securing major projects around the globe.

He has recently landed a marine energy project in Scotland as well as a 100MW tidal project in Antrim. That's about enough to power 37,000 homes (a goodly section of North Cork)

While his own base is in Buttevant, his company also has one staff member full time in the UK and there is also an office in Queensland, Australia.

Meanwhile, his company is also now tendering for project for a 60MW project in Ontario, Canada.

The types of tidal energy project DP Marine gets involved with are at the very cutting edge of the drive to harness wave energy.

"Obviously, when there are so many projects, it involves quite a lot of travel. But I really do like living in Buttevant, as it's a nice quiet spot and for me it's easy to get on the motorway and railways," he said.

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