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Subsea companies urged to seek opportunities in offshore wind

Wed 30 Aug 2017 by David Foxwell

Subsea companies urged to seek opportunities in offshore wind
Subsea UK says it sees opportunities for subsea companies to apply their expertise in the offshore wind industry

With global offshore wind expenditure expected to rise to over £350Bn (US$453Bn) between now and 2026, Subsea UK says there is a “huge opportunity” for subsea companies in renewable energy.

Highlighting the number of projects due to get under way, Subsea UK says it believes subsea companies in the UK can use their skills and expertise to deliver investment and create jobs.
Subsea UK will be running an event on 20 September, to explore offshore wind developments currently underway, while offering practical help and advice to companies looking to access the rapidly growing offshore renewables market.
Chaired by Subsea UK chief executive Neil Gordon, the event will include speakers from Siem Offshore Contractors, Ecosse Subsea, DeepOcean and James Fisher Marine Services, who will discuss synergies between the subsea and offshore renewable industries, share lessons learned and examine the role that offshore renewables will play in the future energy mix.
The seminar will also look at ways the industry could work together to simplify existing initiatives to increase efficiencies and reduce the cost of installing and maintaining windfarms.
Mr Gordon said “The offshore wind market is growing at an incredible rate, presenting a wealth of opportunities for the UK supply chain. By closely examining some of the developments that have proven to be successful, we can help companies overcome the barriers and make their mark in the offshore wind sector.
“The UK is home to some of the world’s largest windfarms across all stages of production, including operation, construction, and in planning. However, there are still a number of challenges to overcome to ensure that offshore wind fulfils its potential.
“It is vital that the industry works together to share knowledge, get costs down and find smarter ways of working to increase the UK’s competitiveness in a growing global industry. This means building alliances, strengthening the supply chain and embracing new technologies.
“By bringing together companies that are already active in the offshore renewables space, we can help guide newcomers though the steps required to break into the industry, while highlighting the opportunities most accessible to the UK supply chain.”
The event will take place on 20 September at The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen. Those wishing to attend can book their place online via the Subsea UK website.

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