EEEGR Finalises Plans for Major Offshore Wind Event


The East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) has finalised plans for its fifth annual East Anglia Offshore Wind Week celebrations. The much-anticipated event is being held in conjunction with Renewable UK’s national programme dedicated to the offshore wind sector. Taking place on 21st and 22nd November at OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft, the event will celebrate the continued development of offshore wind power off the east coast. Each year, the event provides participants the opportunity to network with key players, hear project updates on future plans from developers and identify new opportunities in the offshore wind sector.

With well over 50% of installed capacity of offshore wind off the coasts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, and an ever growing pipeline of projects, the East of England is at the very centre of offshore wind development nationally and internationally. As a result of consistent offshore wind development since the early 2000s, the East of England has also put itself on the map as the UK’s offshore energy powerhouse.

This year, EEEGR is kicking off its East Anglia Offshore Wind Week event with a number of site visits to local locations active in maintaining the East of England as the epicentre for offshore wind. Event sponsors are inviting delegates to gain insights into the offshore wind industry’s inner workings, and where new opportunities lie.

Primary event sponsor SSE Renewables is kindly opening its doors for tours of its offshore wind Operations & Maintenance (O&M) base, located in the Port of Lowestoft. From here, SSE Renewables coordinates its Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, which entered into service in 2012. The company is currently in the process of developing an extension to the 140-turbine project, which could have a capacity of up to 500 MW.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to take a tour of ScottishPower Renewables’ newly constructed O&M base, also located in the Port of Lowestoft. The base was purpose-built to support the construction and operation of the East Anglia ONE project, located approximately 43 km off the East Anglia coast. It is the first of four projects the company is seeking to develop in the region.

Associated British Ports, operator of the Port of Lowestoft, is offering a number of demonstrations and vessel tours, including of Cefas’s multi-disciplinary research vessel Endeavour, Lowestoft Port’s new pilot vessel, a Turner Iceni crew transfer vessel and a remotely operated underwater vehicle flight, courtesy of James Fisher Marine Services.  

Equinor is opening up its Great Yarmouth O&M facility, which it uses to support the Dudgeon offshore wind farm off the north coast of Norfolk as well as the Hywind Park floating project in Scotland. The company is developing extensions to both projects, representing a further combined potential of 700 MW, with applications progressing towards the award of development rights.

East Coast College will be showing delegates around a new energy skills centre, where people are trained to work in the energy, engineering, maritime and offshore sectors. As a regional centre of excellence - with national and international specialisms - it will support the development of higher-level technical skills and professional expertise.

The afternoon will be followed by a small exhibition, workshops and a Meet the Buyer event at OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft. The day will round up with a celebratory dinner at the Ivy House Country Hotel, offering delegates a chance to network with industry professionals.

4C Offshore's market specialists will be presenting on Europe, North America and Asia. Each presentation will give a project-level outlook for offshore wind growth in each country market and provide an overview of the regulatory, policy, technical and supply chain challenges along with solutions being implemented. Key emerging trends in each market will also be highlighted, such as localisation requirements, floating wind, and so on. Presentations will be followed by discussion and Q&A where 4C Offshore's team of experts will be on hand to answer any questions.

ORE Catapult will present on overcoming barriers to supply chain growth in the UK. This interactive session will focus on how programmes such as the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) can provide support to overcome these barriers but will also consider wider actions in response to the Whitmarsh Supply Chain Review.

Day two, 22nd November, follows a conference format with updates from developers, innovations from supply chain companies, developments from local authorities keen to attract inward investment and passionate presentations from students and young people looking to forge careers in the industry. East Coast College, UEA and the Ogden Trust internship programme will be showcased, as well as EEEGR’S Offshore Wind Special Interest Group.

The Primary Event Sponsor of the East Anglia Offshore Wind Week celebration is SSE Renewables, a leading offshore wind developer in the UK’s overall offshore wind sector. Other event sponsors include major industry players Equinor, innogy, Ørsted, ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, as well as Associated British Ports, Opergy Ltd and East Suffolk Council.

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