Offshore wind industry highlights priorities for expanding UK supply chain

The Offshore Wind Industry Council has set out the priority areas in which it is working with the Government to support the development of the UK’s rapidly growing supply chain.

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Recognising the economic opportunity created by the Prime Minister’s decision to set a target of 40GW of offshore wind by 2030, the industry has identified turbine blades, towers, monopile foundations and power cables as the prime areas in which the UK can secure new investment to boost our domestic manufacturing capabilities.

Developers of planned projects are engaging with manufacturers to provide greater visibility of their demands and timelines, which will encourage companies to invest in new facilities.

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, a £100m fund set up by the industry to accelerate supply chain development, is leading on work to identify high-value components for blades, generators, nacelles, towers and electrical systems which could be sourced in the UK. These make up the lion’s share of capital expenditure on projects and more of them could made in the UK. The OWGP will produce a report with recommendations to industry and Government later this year.

OWIC has identified significant opportunities for the supply chain in innovation to support the next generation of offshore wind projects. Through initiatives led by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the OWGP, industry is supporting the development of a supply chain for floating offshore wind, innovation in operations and maintenance, and the application of new technologies such as robotics. The Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence is assessing the UK’s domestic capabilities and needs, as well as the opportunity to supply growing export markets.

The Co-Chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council and Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager Danielle Lane said: “The industry is working closer than ever before with Government on a strategic approach to develop the UK offshore wind supply chain to meet our 40GW target by the end of this decade. Government and industry share the ambition to unlock investment in new facilities and manufacturing that will deliver a vibrant, globally competitive supply chain in the UK.

“Success will depend on making it clear to UK supply chain companies what we want and when we need it, as well as investing in ports and infrastructure so we can handle the mega-turbines of the future. Underpinning all this, we have to secure large volumes of new capacity in the next CfD auction to keep us on track towards our 2030 target”.

RenewableUK Chief Executive Hugh McNeal said: “We’re determined to maximise the number of high-value UK jobs we create in offshore wind as the leading technology in the Prime Minister’s Green Industrial Revolution. The UK has a unique opportunity to attract billions in new investment and to stay ahead of the curve by pioneering innovative new technologies.

“There are fantastic companies in our domestic supply chain, from large-scale manufacturers to smaller fabricators, construction specialists, AI developers, robotics companies and O&M firms. We can build on this to ensure that the UK has an industrial base which matches our world-leading offshore wind ambitions”.

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