EEEGR kicks off East Anglia Offshore Wind Week celebrations


Today (21 November 2019) EEEGR has kicked 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. The much anticipated event is held in conjunction with Renewable UK’s national programme dedicated to the offshore wind sector.

The event started with a number of local business opening their doors to delegates to provide insight into the offshore wind industry in the East of England. Primary event sponsors SSE Renewables opened 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.

Delegates were also welcomed into 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 the four projects the company is seeking to develop in the region.

Associated British Ports opened the gates to the Port of Lowestoft and offered insight into on-going developments it is making to support various industries, including offshore wind. Delegate were also invited aboard Cefas’s multi-disciplinary research vessel Endeavour.  

In Great Yarmouth, attendees were welcomed into Equinor's Great Yarmouth's 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.

East Coast College showed delegates around its new energy skills centre which has been established to train people to work in the energy, engineering, maritime and offshore sectors. As a regional centre of excellence - with national and international specialisms - it supports the development of higher level technical skills and professional expertise.

Site visits were followed by a small exhibition, workshops and a Meet the Buyer event in the afternoon at OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft, the renewable energy hub in East Anglia. 4C's market specialists presented information on the European, North American and Asian offshore wind markets. Each presentation gave a project-level outlook for offshore wind growth in each country's market and provided an overview of the regulatory, policy, technical and supply chain challenges along with and solutions being implemented.

ORE Catapult presented its “Overcoming barriers to supply chain growth” in the UK: An interactive session that will discuss the barriers to supply chain growth and what the potentials solutions are. This focused on programmes such as the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership which provide support to overcome these barriers but will also consider wider actions in response to the Whitmarsh Supply Chain Review.

The day is being rounded off with a celebratory dinner at the Ivy House Country Hotel, offering delegates a chance to network with industry professionals and market players.

The event continues tomorrow (22 November) with a conference which will provide updates from developers, innovations from the supply chain and developments from local authorities. East Coast College, UEA and the Ogden Trust internship programme will also 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. Event sponsors also include major industry players Equinor, innogy, Ørsted, ScottishPower Renewables, Vattenfall as well as Associated British Ports, Opergy Ltd, East Suffolk Council and ELIS.

For more information on EEEGR and its East Anglia Offshore Wind Week celebrations,
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