Dudgeon Offshore Wind leads GROW event for UK suppliers

Statoil, with Dong Energy and Siemens, is participating in an event organised by GROW: Offshore Wind on Monday 27th January 2014 in London. The purpose of the event is to explain to key regional and other industry organisations how their members can supply the offshore wind market over the coming 3-5 years, and is aimed at generating jobs and growth in the UK.

Together, DONG and Statoil represent all the UK offshore wind projects with provisional UK government investment contracts. Siemens has recently been announced as the supplier of the Wind Turbines for Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.

Following an overview of the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy from a senior official at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills [BIS], presentations will be given by senior Dong Energy and Statoil representatives covering timescales and procurement strategies for their offshore wind projects, including details of how UK companies can become suppliers to the projects.

Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm is one of the projects with a provisional investment contract. Halfdan Brustad, Vice President of Offshore Wind at Statoil and Chairman of Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited said:

"We are making good progress on the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm as we move towards a final Investment Decision in the summer. Dudgeon has awarded the wind turbine contract to Siemens for their 6MW machine and we hope to see benefits flow to the UK and also open up possibilities for suppliers of components.

"We initiated this seminar to reach out to UK companies and explain our requirements so that they can offer competitive bids as the project goes to tender. The UK is currently the world’s most important market for offshore wind and our owners are building on the experience we gained on Sheringham Shoal to cut the cost of energy produced from this project."

Mr Brustad concluded:

"Today shows that we are committed to working with the UK Government and agencies to enable UK companies to compete for work on Dudgeon. Our project will help move the costs of offshore wind on a path towards grid parity. We wish to see UK companies competing for a greater share of this growing market".

Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: "By working to open up the supply chain to UK companies, industry is demonstrating that wind is not only good for the environment, but good for the economy too. This Government is committed to delivering the clean and reliable energy supplies that the country needs to be competitive while keeping costs down for consumers. The Energy Act has given industry the confidence it needs to invest, supporting the creation of up to 200,000 jobs in the renewable energy sector and delivering record levels of investment."

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Issue date: 27-01-14