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 6th June 2019, the meeting was well attended with over 20 industry representative members.
The SIG has introduced a new structure which includes the opportunity for SIG members to present their capabilities to the group. We had Grahan Hacon from 3sun present an overview of the company and answer question from the other SIG members. Sarah Niddrie-Webb of Nautilus also gave an update on the Inn2POWER project and how it can help regional businesses in the offshore wind market.
The Group gave feedback on SNS2019, which was very positive; some suggestions for Offshore Wind Week (21st and 22nd Nov 2019) and how the SIG will be represented at the upcoming Global Offshore Wind Conference in London at the end of June.
The Group also discussed how they can progress the regional capability matrix drawing on other resources and including an all-energy mix.
The next meeting is planned for Wednesday 24th July.