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Sir Michael Fallon’s offshore wind report highlights enormous opportunities for UK

19 April 2018   (0 Comments)
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Offshore Wind Industry Council media release –Thursday 19th April 2018


Sir Michael Fallon’s offshore wind report highlights enormous opportunities for UK


The Offshore Wind Industry Council is highlighting a new report by the Conservative MP and former Energy Minister Sir Michael Fallon on the economic benefits offered to the UK by the offshore wind industry, including the development of the nationwide supply chain.


Sir Michael’s report, “Winning Locally, Going Global”, commissioned by Wilton Engineering based in Middlesbrough, describes the UK’s offshore wind sector as ”one of Britain’s biggest success stories” providing “vital infrastructure for our future”. It notes that “over the next four years alone, offshore wind will be Britain’s fourth largest infrastructure programme”.


The UK’s offshore wind exports can grow fivefold from £500 million in 2017 to £2.6 billion by 2030. Sir Michael says “the opportunities for Britain are enormous and in danger of being undersold”. He urges the Government to “give the offshore wind industry the same level of ministerial attention and support as the aerospace, pharmaceutical and defence industries”.


Representing the Offshore Wind Industry Council, Clark MacFarlane, Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy UK, said: “We welcome the ambition expressed in Sir Michael Fallon’s report to grow the UK’s offshore wind supply chain. British firms are already exporting goods and services to offshore wind projects around the world, as well as supplying UK projects. The case for Ministerial support is clear, and we are working with Government on a Sector Deal which would unlock even greater investment in our industry.

“Last week we announced a comprehensive supply chain review, to be carried out by the former McLaren Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh, who will publish a supply chain development plan later this year, specifying ways to maximise the benefits of offshore wind for UK plc. Sir Michael’s report will complement the extensive review to be undertaken by Martin Whitmarsh for the Offshore Wind Industry Council. The findings from both reviews will feed into the supply chain development plan.”

The Co-Chair of OWIC, Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager for Ørsted, commented: “As Sir Michael Fallon states in his report, the economic opportunities offered by Britain’s world-leading offshore wind sector are enormous; comparable to the aerospace, pharmaceutical and defence industries.

“The export opportunities are also huge, and we agree that building a strong, internationally competitive supply chain must consider both existing companies and potential entrants, to ensure the whole of the UK benefits from this rapidly growing industry”. 



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Sir Michael’s Fallon’s report, “Winning Locally, Going Global” commissioned by Wilton Engineering, is available here


The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) is a senior government and industry forum including members from across the offshore wind industry.


More details of the supply chain review led by Martin Whitmarsh are available here


OWIC members include:

Benj Sykes, Ørsted – Co-Chair
Dan Finch, EDPR
Thomas Karst, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Richard Turner, JDR Cables

Andrew Donaldson, Red Rock Power

Paul Cowling, Innogy

Jonathan Cole, ScottishPower Renewables

Clark MacFarlane, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Huub den Rooijen, Crown Estate

Ronnie Quinn, Crown Estate Scotland

Matthieu Hue, EDF-ER

Andrew Jamieson, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Hugh McNeal, RenewableUK

Halfdan Brustad, Statoil

Piers Guy, Vattenfall

Paul Cooley SSE
Sven Utermöhlen, Eon

Matthew Wright, Ørsted


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