May 09, 2016
Speaker to highlight vital role of supply chain for wind farm windfall

Integrating the local offshore supply chain will be vital in creating a lasting economic legacy from the region’s latest large-scale wind farm development.

That’s the message from James Cotter, project director for the proposed Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm off Lincolnshire, which represents an investment of over £3billion across its life-cycle.

Mr Cotter is a key speaker at wind farm industry showcase Offshore Wind Connections 2016, organised by Team Humber Marine Alliance. It will be one of the first opportunities for suppliers to engage with the developers of Triton Knoll.

He will tell delegates at the Spa Bridlington on May 12 that Triton Knoll aspires to be a catalyst for growth, working locally and regionally to help develop the supply chain and establish a lasting regional economic legacy.

“Offshore Wind Connections 2016 will provide a platform to explain who we are, how the project is progressing, and how we see supply chain opportunities emerging in the future,” said Mr Cotter.

Triton Knoll has committed to a maximum size of 900MW, which would be significant in helping deliver the UK’s renewable energy needs. While the project already has consent for its offshore array, it is awaiting consent for the electrical system, with a decision being due from Government this September.

Mr Cotter said that the project, a joint venture between RWE and Statkraft, was keen to use the conference to make contacts in the sector.

“We are keen to build this exciting project out of the Humber region and are already exploring all east coast port options to identify the best construction facility.

“We will be looking to work with the most competitive suppliers who can help us deliver the lowest cost of energy to the UK consumer, while providing value and opportunity for the east coast and UK supply chain.”

The fourth annual Offshore Wind Connections conference and exhibition, which has secured Associated British Ports as its main sponsor, will see a packed hall at The Spa, following a highly successful event last year.

It will feature guest speakers from many of the leading offshore organisations in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Jason Ledden, construction project manager, DONG Energy, will speak to delegates about the progress on the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, including the specialist removal of Second World War mines.

Jason Ledden said: “The aim is to complete 91 turbines by the second quarter of 2018, including two offshore substations.

“I am very happy that Grimsby has been chosen for the construction of Race Bank. The people we have dealt with are extremely helpful and have a superb attitude.”

The line up at Offshore Wind Connection includes speakers from Renewables UK, Associated British Ports, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, A2SEA, Green Port Hull, DeepOcean, GEV Wind Power, CWind, E.ON Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm, Atkins Renewables, Balfour Beatty, 3sun Group, University of Hull, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, DNV GL – Energy.

The morning’s presentations will be followed by a series of seminars and workshops.

Mark O’Reilly, CEO and chairman of Team Humber Marine Alliance, said: “The conference attracts delegates from around the UK, Europe and further afield due to the Humber’s growing stature as a location for offshore wind development.

“It is a must for all regional companies and organisations involved in the sector.