Matthew Neville

Offshore Wind North East conference generates £1.45m for regional supply chain

Offshore Wind North East, the national conference and exhibition that took place in North East England at the end of 2021, will generate an estimated £1.45m in new work for businesses in attendance.

Held in Sunderland at the start of December and organised by NOF and supported by North East England’s offshore wind cluster, Energi Coast, the event attracted around 750 delegates and 130 exhibitors.

At the event it was also announced that Moray West has selected the Siemens Energy/lemants consortium for the supply of the project’s two offshore substation platforms using Siemens Energy’s proven Offshore Transformer Module (OTM) technology.

The announcement also included a supporting contract, through Siemens Energy, for Teesside based Barrier Architectural Services, which will subcontract elements of the work to Darlington company MTE.

OWNE was sponsored by strategic event partners Dogger Bank Wind Farm, GE Renewable Energy, Sofia Offshore Wind Farm and MPI Offshore/Van Oord, with a face-to-face OWNE returning for the first time since the pandemic.

Joanne Leng MBE, chief executive of NOF, said: “Our members and the wider supply chain were extremely keen to see face to face events returning and we managed to do this for OWNE.

“Delegates really appreciated this and the feedback we have received, and news of new work secured also highlights the power of face-to-face interaction and networking at events like Offshore Wind North East to generate actual new business opportunities.

Delegate Ian Finch from Bureau Veritas, added: “Offshore Wind North East was a fantastic event where the supply chain was able to meet project developers and tier one contractors in order to deliver our country’s Offshore Wind Projects safely, cost effectively and with as much local content as possible.”

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