Scotland is courting interest from energy suppliers in Spain amid attempts to strike an energy deal that would create jobs in the UK.
Alex Salmond, the Scottish first minister, is reported to be in discussions with Spanish energy giant Iberdrola to develop a partnership and work on renewable cheap energy projects in Scotland.
It is thought that thousands of jobs could be sustained through the creation of onshore and offshore wind farms.
No stranger to Scotland's energy market, Iberdrola owns Scottish Power, which is already in the process of installing state-of-the-art equipment at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
Neil Kermode, managing director of EMEC, said: "These moves [will] ensure that Scotland's highlands and islands stay right in the global forefront of marine energy as it accelerates."
EMEC recently announced that international tidal developers Atlantis Resources and Voith Hydro Ocean Current Technologies have been contracted to begin installing huge turbine prototypes this year.
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