The offshore wind market in the East of England is flourishing, with projects currently under construction, and more planned for the coming years. The Offshore Wind Special Interest Group (SIG), showcases the wealth of the East of England’s expertise in offshore wind farm development. The group is mapping the region’s proven skills and knowledge and marketing them to developers operating on projects in the UK and international waters.
The SIG aims to connect offshore wind developers with their supply chain to help meet local content targets and to fill gaps and weaknesses in knowledge and understanding. The SIG also hopes to identify efficiencies and market opportunities to strengthen the local supply chain and regional offering, in terms of operations and maintenance (O&M), construction, installation, hook-up, commissioning, inspection, skills and training. It also seeks to highlight the potential for regional exports, improving sustainability and encouraging local and regional competitiveness.
The SIG Terms of Reference (ToR) can be found HERE.
Latest SIG Meeting Update
The Offshore Wind SIG met at the EEEGR offices on Thursday 21st March, the meeting was well attended with over 20 industry representative members, including two new members; Petrofac and C-Wind. As this is the first meeting since the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, there were many positive conversations had about the potential we have which is recognised at government level, which will hopefully lead to more funding opportunities for companies in the region who are looking to invest and progress in the sector.
The SIG has introduced a new structure which includes the opportunity for SIG members to present their capabilities to the group. We had Richard Auckland from 4C present an overview of UK projects. The presentation allowed the group to gage 4C’s wealth of data and knowledge of current and up and coming projects. A revised version of Richard’s slides will be made available to EEEGR members soon.
The next meeting is planned for Wednesday 1st May which will be hosted by 3sun.