Cable manufacturing company XLCC has made important new appointments for their £1.4billion operation at Hunterston.

Trevor Nash and Patrick Beringer join XLCC as chief commercial officer and general counsel respectively.

Mr Nash joined XLCC following a long career in senior roles across several international markets in finance and developing businesses, and has been active in the development of clean energy projects.

He will bring his commercial and operational expertise to his position at XLCC.

Patrick Beringer has joined XLCC as general counsel following 20 years at Nestle and two years working as the legal director of crisis-support organisation Medair. He will bring with him a deep level of expertise in the manufacturing and service sectors.

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Mr Beringer will ensure XLCC can achieve its development goals, as it seeks to break ground on its Hunterston factory site in North Ayrshire.

Trevor Nash said: “Given my work in renewable energy, XLCC is such an exciting company to be involved with, especially at this pivotal stage in the global energy transition.

"The world needs HVDC cables for grid enhancement if we are to achieve the full potential of clean energy.

"Now is a critical moment for the expansion of our supply chains and I am excited to be at the forefront of this journey."

Patrick Beringer added: "I am looking forward to working with XLCC as it moves into unchartered territory for a UK-based manufacturing company.

"There is a long and ambitious roadmap ahead and one of the biggest challenges is navigating the legal environment.

"By helping XLCC to follow the necessary legal process and procedures as it continues its journey,

"I believe we can make a significant impact on delivering HVDC cables, a critical component in making the green energy transition a reality."

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Ian Douglas, CEO of XLCC, said: "We welcome both Trevor and Patrick to the leadership team, and both will play vital roles in our journey to debottleneck the renewable energy sector.

"We understand that there is no transition without transmission, and we are working alongside our key stakeholders to ensure we can facilitate power projects across the globe on a pragmatic timescale.

"While there is still a long road ahead, we are excited by the progress we are making and look forward to what 2024 has in store for us."

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The cable manufacturing plant is projected to provide a major shot in the arm to employment in North Ayrshire, with 900 jobs set to be created. 

XLCC makes high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables that enable long-distance electricity transmission. These are designed to connect power grids and are ideal as the UK and other countries look to obtain more energy from renewable sources, such as offshore wind.

In May 2023, the company announced after winning planning permission that work on the site will start in early 2024, with cable production slated for 2026. 

The XLCC website states that by 2025, the facility will support 900 jobs in the area, with thousands more in the wider supply chain.