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Dogger Bank Wind Farms developers highlight potential opportunities for supply chain at ‘Meet the Buyer’ event

04/06/2018

Supply chain businesses took the opportunity to find out how they could contribute to the development of the Dogger Banks Wind Farms project at a special event organised by NOF Energy.

Held at Hardwick Hall Hotel in County Durham on 23rd May, the event enabled the project team from Dogger Bank Wind Farms’ joint venture partners SSE and Equinor (formerly Statoil) to outline local opportunities in both the construction and operational phases of the project.

More than 300 businesses from across the offshore energy supply chain attended the event with members of the project team holding around 150 one-to-one meetings with potential suppliers – a record for a NOF Energy event.

The team were particularly interested in talking to companies offering services in foundation fabrication, turbine components, onshore works, cable supply and installation, substation manufacture and operations and maintenance services.

When considering applying to be part of the Dogger Bank Wind Farms’ supply chain, delegates were advised that the project team would be taking into consideration, amongst other things, a business’ HSE performance, innovation and technology development, and motivation and commitment of their workforces.

NOF Energy, one of the leading UK business development organisations for the energy sector, also hosted an exhibition area for companies to showcase products and services as well as providing a networking space for delegates.

Dogger Bank Wind Farms consists of three offshore wind farm projects, Creyke Beck A and B, and Teesside A, located around 60 miles off the North East coast. SSE and Equinor each own a 50 per cent share in each of the three projects, which have an individual capacity up to 1.2 GW.

Dogger Bank Wind Farms is strategically important to the North East due to its proximity to the region. This area already plays a significant role in the UK and international offshore wind industry. With an ideal geographical location and wealth of industry skills and knowledge, its supply chain is well-positioned to support upcoming energy projects, such as Dogger Bank.

Halvard Rydland, Business Manager for the Dogger Bank Wind Farms JV said: “It is our aim to enhance competition and maximise UK content as much as possible.  Therefore, it is very important to engage with the UK supply chain as early as possible in the delivery of the Dogger Bank Wind Farms, and this event was a valuable opportunity for the project team as much as it was for North East companies to highlight their capabilities and experience.”

Joanne Leng, Deputy Chief Executive of NOF Energy, said: “The enthusiasm shown by the offshore energy supply chain was highly evident at the event and showcased to the Dogger Bank Wind Farms developers the breadth and depth of the capabilities of businesses from the region.

“The project team devoted a considerable amount of time to meeting with potential suppliers, both through presentation sessions and in the extensive one-to-one meetings, which demonstrated how important they regard the process for establishing an effective and innovative supply chain to support the delivery and operation of the wind farms.”