The offshore wind industry is on the threshold of major expansion. Since 2003, more than 500 offshore wind turbines have been installed- 35 per cent of them in 2010 alone. The investments going into the industry are rather impressive: the European Wind Energy Association calculates banks invested over £2.6 billion in projects during 2011. The key to making money in this booming market is to secure long term, lucrative contracts. To achieve this, businesses need to acquire clear understanding of developers’ challenges and to offer effective solutions.
Vattenfall, one of the leading developers on the UK market today, owns and operates the world’s largest offshore wind farm: Thanet Offshore Wind Farm. It has 100 turbines and covers an area of 35 square kilometres (13.5 square miles). The total investment for constructing the farm is in the order of around £780
million. Thanet is now supposed to make an important contribution to the
Government’s national and regional renewable energy targets for 2020 and
The UK Country Manager and Director for East Anglia Offshore Wind Joint, David Hodkinson’s gave a presentation at Wind Energy Update’s offshore supply chain conference in March 2011 in London, analysing the main aspects on the Thanet and other Vattenfall’s offshore projects. The 36 page PDF addresses Vattenfall’s offshore portfolio including foundations structure, tower weight, water depth as well as Round 3 specific information that anyone involved with the wind industry must read.
To discover the most pertinent matters of the offshore wind industry from the
perspective of one of the world’s leading developers simply click here.
Based on the success of the first event, Wind Energy Update is now organising its 2ndannual Offshore Supply Chain conference on 28-29 February 2012 in London. The event is entirely dedicated to the subject of securing contracts for the upcoming offshore projects and to overcoming the challenges associated with the high workload, turbine size increase etc… More than just presentations, this lead B2B event brings discussion to the table. Working groups will address the critical issues the audience identify to provide tangible solutions to the most pressing challenges faced today.