The latest developments in the offshore wind sector deal will be revealed this week at the biggest energy event celebrating the east’s Energy Coast.
Ørsted’s Benj Sykes, who co-chairs the Offshore Wind Industry Council with the Energy Minister, will outline the huge opportunities for UKplc from offshore wind in Norwich at SNS2018.
Offshore wind could be the backbone of the UK’s electricity system by 2030, with the UK at the heart of industry skills and capability, as well as driving and being a major exporter of new technology, he will say.
Growth of a huge export-led industry with £2.5 billion of annual export value is estimated by 2030, doubling by 2050, he will tell the two-day event organised by the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR).
Already 1,300 delegates have registered for the SNS2018 where 44 speakers from across offshore wind, oil & gas and nuclear and skills will present on the conference stage tomorrow and Thursday (May 16 and 17).
More than 70 exhibitors will be in the exhibition hall at the Norfolk Showground.
Supply chain opportunities will also be the focus of EEEGR’s Offshore Wind Special Interest Group (SIG) session on Thursday.
SIG Chair Martin Dronfield, Group Development Director for James Fisher & Sons, said, with such huge opportunities ahead, a Supply Chain Code of Practice was something to be investigated.
The supply chain needed to be protected from being “at the bottom end of a rolling drive to simply cut costs,” he said.
“The most important role of the Offshore Wind SIG is to provide a voice and represent the views of the offshore wind supply chain and skills providers and to act as a conduit to raise issues higher. It is also to provide a platform to increase business opportunities to come into the region and help to shape the future of offshore wind in the region.”
The rapidly declining costs of offshore wind is one of the main levers behind the growth of the industry, Mr Sykes, UK Country Manager at Ørsted said.
Coastal communities are already being regenerated by the growth of offshore wind, with massive scope for more, creating skilled jobs and attracting investment and business relocation.
“We can see that offshore wind has potential to scale up beyond what has previously been conceived or considered. The sector deal creates a real opportunity to deliver the Government’s Industrial Strategy.”
Ørsted is now active in the east of England with its Hornsea Project Three.
“Hopefully we will bring a positive influence in the east. I am confident that if we get our work plan delivered, work will start on Hornsea 3 in the mid 2020s. We want to extend the reputation we have for being a good neighbour in the Liverpool and Humberside regions to the east of England.
Benj Sykes, co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council.
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