Subsea UK urges subsea companies to venture into offshore wind
Subsea UK has urged subsea oil and gas companies to venture into offshore wind energy as a way of sustaining long-term growth.
The company, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, has scheduled an industry convention on 2nd August to examine the benefits of venturing into renewables and the available opportunities.
The other issues to be tackled will include the provision of practical help and the development of market entry strategies. These are aimed at reducing dependency on the gas and oil industry.
“While oil and gas remains the dominant energy industry in the UK, companies are quickly beginning to realise the vital role that offshore renewables will play in the future energy mix. Offshore wind is a growing market which presents exciting new business opportunities for the UK supply chain,” said Neil Gordon, Subsea UK's chief executive. He also stated that the convention, in conjunction with various other initiatives, is designed to make companies aware of these business opportunities and to assist them in navigating some of the current challenges they face due to the lower-for-longer price of oil.
“Providing a platform for the industry to come together and collaborate is essential in order to drive the prolonged life of developments both in the UK and further afield. If we can help companies to access the offshore wind market ahead of the predicted £210 billion global deployment boom, exporting their wealth of skills, innovation and experience, the rewards will be huge,” Mr Gordon added.
The “Seize the Opportunity” report launched recently by Scottish Enterprise touches on the most accessible opportunities for the UK energy supply chain and explores other aspects of renewables.
According to Seonaid Vass, Scottish Enterprise’s director of renewable energy and low carbon technologies, the UK, Germany and Denmark are currently the global leaders in the deployment of offshore wind energy. Together with Belgium and the Netherlands, they are expected to reach the 25-gigawatt mark in a decade’s time.
Published by Green Jobs Online - 19th July 2016