UK Supply Chain For New Offshore

UK Supply Chain For New Offshore

Vattenfall and SSE last week released reports highlighting the shortcomings in the UK supply chain and other actions that would be needed for delivering the 40GW of offshore wind by 2030.

The Vattenfall report ‘Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Supply Chain: Opportunities and Expectations Workshop’ was gathered from feedback from 580 companies over 20 events. It concluded that to achieve the 60% of UK content target of the Governments Wind Sector Deal “This would need developers to engage earlier and better with a collaborative and more ‘joined-up’ supply chain,” 

It highlighted that smaller enterprises are at disadvantage to meet Tier one expectations as engagement “only happened after developers were awarded Contracts for Difference and final investment decisions had been taken”. 

Vattenfall supply chain manager Rob Lilly said: “Our interaction with the supply chain has demonstrated the collective desire to deliver innovative, efficient, sustainable advances in technology for the next generation of renewable energy generating projects, while also contributing to the goals of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, UK industrial strategy and clean growth.”

“The over-riding message from established and potential supply chain companies is that they would benefit from longer term planning and better understanding of how the sector works as a whole.”

This Echo’s the message from SSE who’s 9-point plan for delivering the 40GW of onshore wind by 2030 calls for “Strategic investment to support development of UK supply chain” stating “achieving significantly higher levels of UK content requires a strategic approach to investment from both industry and government in the facilities and capabilities needed to support the industry longer term.

“We should also be ensuring that UK companies are able to compete for contracts in the global offshore wind industry.”

Earlier this year in January the Scottish Government and the Crown estates led a meeting in Edinburgh to discuss this problem along with Equinor, Vattenfall, SSE Renewables, Saipem Red Rock Power and ScottishPower Renewables all in attendance.

They agreed that supply-chain commitments would have to be made when agreeing leases for new offshore projects.

Scotland’s former economic minster Derek Mckay said, “Scotland is the ideal location for offshore wind, but recent projects have not delivered the significant economic opportunities we want to see for Scottish businesses.

“The Scottish Government has been calling for the offshore sector to do more by awarding contracts to our indigenous supply chain but recent disappointments suggest that more has to be done.

“I will use every lever at our disposal to ensure that our renewables supply chain benefits from the expansion of offshore wind in our waters, leading to the creation and retention of Scottish jobs.

Colin Palmer, director of marine for Crown Estate Scotland, said: “Scotland has unique potential when it comes to offshore wind and we’re committed to doing all we can to unlock that opportunity. ScotWind Leasing will present Scotland as an attractive destination for the significant investment needed to deliver the scale of offshore wind projects we want to see.”

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