An ‘East of England’ renewables powerhouse emerges as organisations unite
Simon Gray, left, and Mark O’Reilly, shake on the agreement over the North Sea in Amsterdam. They will unite respective organisations, East of England Energy Group and Team Humber Marine Alliance to promote energy development.
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Jul 2018
Two energy sector trade bodies are joining forces to help businesses in the region gain maximum advantage from the huge opportunities being opened up as North Sea wind energy development continues to gather force.
Team Humber Marine Alliance and East of England Energy Group, with a combined membership of more than 500 companies – mainly operating in the marine and offshore energy sector – confirmed a ‘memorandum of co-operation’ in Amsterdam this week, during talks on the wider offshore energy picture.
THMA chairman and chief executive Mark O’Reilly and EEEGR chief executive Simon Gray signed the agreement, which aims to develop and sustain links between the two organisations and make them a more effective voice for UK energy and maritime business interests along the east coast.
Mr O’Reilly said the focus would be on the central and southern North Sea, from the Dutch coast to England, and that the agreement was likely to mark the start of further co-operation within the sector.
“The extent of existing wind farms, those under development and areas designated for future wind farms is truly exciting and shows how quickly our energy future is being transformed,” he said.
“Billions are continuing to be invested and it bodes well for maritime companies into the long-term future. Or member companies have a huge range of skills covering the length of the supply chain.
The memorandum also covers offshore oil and gas, particularly with the renewed interest in gas as a lower carbon, interim fuel for electricity generation and new ‘tight gas’ fields currently under development off the east coast.
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Both organisations are their region’s foremost brand for marine, offshore and associated energy sectors.
Mr Gray said: “The very large scale of many projects puts them out of reach of most businesses on their own, but by pooling resources we can provide all the necessary experience and support.
“We hope our agreement with Team Humber will put many more companies in the frame. Together, we have a huge amount of knowledge and know what it’s like to tackle the industry’s major jobs.”
Hornsea and East Anglia are two major Round Three phases now being built out, with Orsted, Scottish Power Renewables and Vattenfall behind them.
Many Humber-based firms and inward investors to the area have already deployed to the likes of Wells, Great Yarmouth and Harwich to serve construction projects there, building on the experience from the development and operation of the six current farms out of Grimsby, with blades from Hull also used on Dudgeon.
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