2018 is a critical year for the offshore wind industry. We’re working hard with Government to secure a transformative sector deal which will set a long-term framework for the years of growth ahead. We’re determined to ensure that the UK fully reaps the benefits of its pole position as the largest offshore wind market and the home of a world-beating industry which exports globally.
When the eight projects currently under construction in UK waters go fully operational, we will have installed almost 10GW of offshore wind capacity, maintaining our global lead. In the midst of this delivery, over 2,500 people will be travelling to Manchester in June for the world’s largest offshore wind event, with over 150 exhibitors - Global Offshore Wind 2018.
We’re partnering with five leading companies to deliver this event. I’m very pleased to announce that our Strategic Event Partners for Global Offshore Wind 2018 are Innogy, MHI Vestas, ORE Catapult, ScottishPower Renewables and Statoil. We’re working with them to develop a programme which will maximise opportunities to secure new business and keep delegates ahead of the curve on the latest innovations in our sector, not just on turbine technology and further cost reduction but also on developments in grid and energy systems.
Our industry’s senior figures will meet with politicians, senior Government officials and colleagues to look ahead to our next opportunities. Delegations from Europe, USA, China, Taiwan and other emerging markets will also be there to learn from the UK’s experiences. We’ll be highlighting the supply chain and skills investments being made around our coastline, showing how we’re transforming parts of the country where jobs and investment are needed most.
New features include a Share Fair Stage, highlighting the latest opportunities in global markets, and an Innovation Theatre which gives delegates an opportunity to ask leading industry figures about the latest technology.
Global Offshore Wind 2018 takes place on 19th-20th June at Manchester Central. We’re looking forward to seeing you there. If you have an interest in this dynamic sector, you’ll know already that you can’t afford to miss this event.