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Opportunities to Supply Composite Offshore Wind Power Sector

17 September 2004

A seminar in Liverpool, UK, will outline opportunities to supply the offshore wind power sector in Northwest England.

Renewables Northwest (RNW), the regional agency dedicated to championing the cause of green energy, is inviting companies in the region with the potential to supply the offshore wind energy industry to grasp an opportunity to reap the local benefits of a GBP 2.5 billion offshore wind energy investment planned for the area.

A seminar on ""Opportunities to supply the offshore wind power sector"" intended to unveil the vast range of prospects available to the region is being hosted by RNW and Mersey Maritime in Liverpool.

Nine out of the UK's 17 planned Round 1 wind farms are to be built off the Northwest Coast.

Engineers, fabricators and cable laying companies as well as composites businesses, port providers and ship owners are just some of the many industries which can profit by branching into the offshore wind energy market.

To show the diverse range of skills and services emerging in the supply of the offshore wind sector, Northwest-based companies and organisations are being invited to meet with key industry spokespersons to identify how they can profit from regional, national and global wind energy developments.

Among the range of expert professionals to speak at the conference will be the developers of Liverpool Bay offshore wind farm, Seascape Energy and Hill Dickinson Solicitors, to talk about the legal issues arising from offshore wind farms.

""This region has a rich heritage as a world leader in energy-related industries"", said Helen Seagrave, Business Development Manager for RNW.

""With the Northwest identified as a strategic area for future wind farm development, we are fast becoming a centre of excellence for all things wind-related, and we want to ensure this legacy continues"".

Seagrave added: ""The wind energy market is expanding so rapidly that demand for the region's skills and expertise is rapidly increasingly month by month, especially for manufacturers of composite materials and mechanical components. As well as even more Government funding for renewable energy developments, a growing number of industries in the Northwest now recognise the potential to be gained from diversification into offshore wind energy"".

Total global capacity for wind power in 2003 was 40GW, and this is forecast to grow by 100GW by the end of 2008, with the UK market ranked at number one in the 2004 Ernst Young Renewable Energy Attractiveness Index.

Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), said: ""The wind power industry in England's Northwest is an increasingly important and rapidly growing sector, home to more than 100 renewable energy businesses with a combined turnover of GBP 7 million"".





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