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North East England’s Offshore Wind cluster, Energi Coast, and Norwegian Offshore Wind have established a strong partnership between the supply chains in the two countries.
The announcement that Norwegian Offshore Wind have become NOF Global Partners was made at Offshore Wind North East 2023 (OWNE) Sunderland this week.
Energi Coast is the North East of England’s Offshore Wind Cluster, owned and operated by NOF, business development experts for the energy sector. The cluster is made up of more than 30 key regional businesses and stakeholder organisations involved in offshore wind, the group works to showcase the vast supply chain capabilities within North East England, promoting the region as a key hub for servicing both the UK and International offshore wind markets.
Energi Coast and Norwegian Offshore Wind both focus on developing a strong supply chain in offshore wind.
“With UK as the leading market in Europe and Norway as a fast-emerging offshore wind market stronger links between the two countries and a partnership between our two organisations will create great opportunities for the industry”, says Alfred Risan, leader of NOW working group for UK.
“It is so encouraging to see Norwegian Offshore Wind joining NOF/ Energi Coast as a Global Partner. It is so important that the UK and Norway forge strong, long term relationships in offshore wind to mutual advantage.” Says Joanne Leng MBE, the Chief Executive of NOF
Norwegian Offshore Wind has conducted several activities in the UK market in 2023, such as a Visit NOWs, bringing Global Growth companies and several webinars, in addition to take part in the Offshore Wind North East. The Norwegian Offshore wind supply chain have already good traction in the UK market. One example is the Dogger Bank project, located off the coast of North East England, a joint venture partnership between Equinor, SSE Renewables and Vårgrønn, and involving companies such as Aibel, Preserv, StormGeo, Axess and Edda Wind winning contracts in the installation phase. NOW will speed up our activity in the UK market in 2024.
"This partnership will strengthen the Norwegian companies’ opportunities in the North East of UK and create partnerships with the local supply chain” says Tor Arne Johnsen EU-advisor in NOW. “Offshore Wind North East 2023 showed the strong link between the developers and the local supply chain in the region and how they approach the fast emerging offshore wind market. We have a lot to learn from the North East England.” says Johnsen.