With the global expenditure on offshore wind expected to reach £108 billion between now and 2022, offshore wind represents a large and growing market for Kent based companies.
The UK is number one in the world for offshore wind power generation in terms of installed capacity, and we have the biggest pipeline up to 2020.
Kent is ideally placed to capture a significant share of the offshore wind opportunities.
There are eight UK wind farms in operation or in development relatively close to the Kent coast, including London Array – formerly the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm – in the Thames Estuary.
Kent’s advantages go well beyond its geographical proximity to offshore wind developments. Kent is also home to a number of businesses, of all sizes, that can provide the products, services and skills that are essential for successful wind farm development and operation.
Several major owners, including Vattenfall and London Array Limited are already playing an active role in developing a Kent-based supply chain.
The nature of the offshore wind supply chain means that there are many opportunities for smaller companies.
Owners and their direct suppliers often look to smaller companies to provide local or specialist services. Unfortunately, many small firms struggle with understanding the offshore wind market and don’t know how to engage with potential clients.
“Too often, small firms dismiss the offshore wind opportunity as too complicated or too difficult,” said Mike Whiting, KCC Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste, “That is why we’ve developed a range of tools and events to help understand and connect to the major players in the market”
As part of the Inn2POWER consortium, Kent County Council is able to offer Kent SMEs the chance to attend for free a Greater South East Offshore Wind Conference and B2B Networking Session on Thursday 29th November.
At this event at the Ashford International Hotel, they will be able to hear from RenewableUK for the latest updates on the status and growth of the UK offshore wind market, its importance within the national energy mix, and expertise and innovation within the UK supply chain.
This will be followed by presentations from industry leading offshore wind developers and key supply chain companies on their supply chain requirements and priorities for innovation.
Speakers include our event sponsors Vattenfall presenting key updates on their forthcoming UK projects and how to get involved in their supply chain for projects including the Thanet Extension, the Norfolk Vanguard and the Norfolk Boreas set to deliver a combined capacity of 3.9GW Offshore Wind power to the UK grid once completed.
“Businesses in Kent should definitely make getting involved in offshore wind one of their main priorities,” said Mike Whiting, “and registering for the B2B event on the 29th November at the Ashford International Hotel should be the first step in this potentially profitable endeavour”.
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