Offshore Wind Brings Business Opportunities for Yorkshire

28/02/2011

OFFSHORE WIND BRINGS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR YORKSHIRE
 
Yorkshire and Humber businesses were given advice in accessing an industry expected to create 10,000 new jobs for the region on Thursday at an event supported by partners Crown Estates, Yorkshire Forward and One North East.
 
The Offshore Wind Supply Chain event, held at York Racecourse, brought together industry giants Siemens, GE Power, Gamesa, Alstom and Mainstream Renewable Power from as far afield as Denmark and Spain to encourage local businesses to provide the supply chain they need for a potential cluster of offshore wind farms off the East Coast of England.
 
German giant Siemens recently revealed its preference in setting up an offshore wind turbine plant on the banks at the Humber. Their Transmission division spoke at the event widening the range of contacts for the industry. Key manufacturers gave voice to the widely held opinion that the UK was at the forefront of the offshore wind industry and that they needed local suppliers in the region.
 
The four hundred delegates present were given practical advice on how to become part of this industry supply chain and told that whilst entry into the market was competitive, global ambitions for export could be realised as part of a £100bn industry in the UK, over the next decade.
 
Simon Hill, Executive Director of Business at Yorkshire Forward said: “Today’s supply chain event for the offshore wind industry has been a great success. We’ve seen some of the industry’s key players reiterate their belief that the North East is central to renewable energies in the UK and they have provided practical advice on how companies in the region can become part of what is now a global supply chain.
 
“The offshore wind industry has the potential to create up to 10,000 jobs in Yorkshire and Humber and events such as this one will help kick start the partnerships which will make it happen - where else would you get an open invitation to swap business cards with global leaders in the sector?”
 
In 2010 the Crown Estate announced nine new Offshore Wind farms off the UK coast as part of the ‘Round 3’ development which has the potential to supply 25% of the UK’s electricity demand. Yorkshire and Humber sits in the centre of three of the largest of these – Dogger, Hornsea and Norfolk.
 
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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Leona Thompson, on 0113 394 9589 or email Leona.thompson@yorkshire-forward.com