Burning Issue: May 2019

May 1, 2019

What is your view on the Government’s sector deal for offshore wind (published March 7)?

George Rafferty
Chief executive, NOF

The sector deal has the potential to attract considerable inward investment to the UK and in turn generate thousands of jobs in the supply chain. Innovative British companies, particularly those in the North East England cluster, have been integral to helping the UK establish a world-renowned offshore wind industry and the sector deal will support further development in the supply chain. This will aid the use of more local content in both construction and operations and maintenance of UK offshore wind farms, but also in the export of skills, products and services to other parts of the world.

Joanne Leng
Deputy chair, Energi Coast

The sector deal for the offshore wind industry is a significant step forward in creating a sustainable industry and providing real value creation to our local supply chain, which is fit and ready to serve our growing sector. The North East of England has been instrumental in the establishment of the UK offshore wind industry and has led the way as a major contributor to local content with an innovative subsea and offshore energy supply chain. We hope to increase our role, further develop the regional offshore wind cluster and support the wider supply chain to develop their capabilities and expertise on the back of this significant sector deal.

Tony Quinn
Test and validation director, ORE Catapult

The announcement of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, the first for a renewable energy technology, is a tremendous boost for the UK industry and great news for the North East economy. This long-term commitment creates investor confidence and the right environment for innovation to prosper. Innovation has been at the heart of the UK’s success story and will be vital going forward in developing a strong, indigenous supply chain able to capitalise on the global growth of the sector, creating tens of thousands of jobs across the UK and attracting billions of pounds in investment.

Bill Scott
Chief executive, Wilton Engineering

The report Wilton Engineering commissioned last year, written by former Energy Minister Michael Fallon, highlighted the importance of a sector deal to the offshore wind industry and its supply chain. The UK contains clusters of highly-experienced and expert suppliers, which are integral to the future success of the industry and will benefit from the deal. I believe in any opportunity that brings increased confidence within the supply chain to invest in the development of their capabilities and technology and I was delighted that the Government – working in partnership with the industry – brought the creation of the sector deal to fruition.

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