A MAJOR offshore wind conference that took place in the North East will generate an estimated £1.45m in new work.

Offshore Wind North East, the national conference and exhibition that took place at the end of 2021, was organised by NOF and supported by North East England’s offshore wind cluster, Energi Coast.

The event attracted around 750 delegates and 130 exhibitors and new statistics have identified a number of companies that expect to win significant orders.

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OWNE was sponsored by strategic event partners Dogger Bank Wind Farm, GE Renewable Energy, Sofia Offshore Wind Farm and MPI Offshore/Van Oord, with a face-to-face OWNE returning for the first time since the pandemic.

Joanne Leng MBE, Chief Executive of NOF, said: “Our members and the wider supply chain were extremely keen to see face to face events returning and we managed to do this for OWNE. Delegates really appreciated this and the feedback we have received, and news of new work secured also highlights the power of face-to-face interaction and networking at events like Offshore Wind North East to generate actual new business opportunities.

Delegate Ian Finch from Bureau Veritas, said: “It was a fantastic event where the supply chain was able to meet project developers and tier one contractors in order to deliver our country's Offshore Wind Projects safely, cost effectively and with as much local content as possible.”

Also in attendance was Alan Lowdon, Director of Strategic Development, National Offshore Wind Institute & Professor in Practice Durham Energy Institute and Board Director of NOF, who said: “The vibe was excellent, and the focused project and operational insights are just what the supply chain needs.”

At the event it was also announced that the Moray West offshore wind farm has selected the Siemens Energy/lemants consortium for the supply of the project’s two offshore substation platforms.

Lemants is a subsidiary of Smulders, alongside Smulders Projects UK, based in Wallsend, Newcastle. The announcement also included a supporting contract, through Siemens Energy, for Teesside-based Barrier Architectural Services, which will subcontract elements of the work to Darlington company MTE.


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