Over 500 delegates registered for DEME’s offshore wind road show event around the UK
LONDON | With tomorrow’s closing event in London, DEME is looking back on a very successful series of nationwide supply chain events in the UK to strengthen its local involvement in the offshore wind industry. Each of the 13 nationwide events -organised between November and December 2015- were well attended with over 500 delegates registered in total.
DEME’s offshore wind roadshow event has been organised in cooperation with UK business associations to facilitate collaboration with local companies. The dredging, environmental and marine engineering group held over 250 one-to-one discussions with a large number of specialist and general suppliers offering a range of relevant services including steel fabrication, port services during construction and operation, engineering consultancy and accommodation for contractors.
As well as learning more about what the UK supply chain has to offer, DEME’s aim was to give UK suppliers an opportunity to learn more about the company and its current and future offshore wind projects both in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Local suppliers who are eager to do business with DEME and with the offshore wind industry in general could register their interest and capabilities with DEME’s procurement department.
Campbell Anderson Keir, Director Energy and UK Infrastructure said “It is encouraging to see that DEME are fully engaging with the UK supply chain with these 13 events throughout the UK. This is a great opportunity to showcase UK capability to a global supplier who is continuing to expand their UK presence."
RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said “These roadshows are a great success. They highlight how strong the appetite is among UK businesses for getting involved in the offshore wind industry. These events have real benefit in letting local suppliers know just how many opportunities there are in offshore wind projects. We hope that the discussions they’ve prompted over the past few weeks will grow into lasting working relationships.”
With positive feedback already received, UK suppliers have learned that DEME is a well-informed, knowledgeable, financially strong dredging, marine engineering and environmental group which knows how business is done in the UK, and which understands the value of using local suppliers.
DEME Group’s involvement in the UK offshore business dates back to the early years of offshore wind. Through its operating companies GeoSea and Tideway, DEME has already worked on many UK projects like Greater Gabbard, London Array, Gwynt y Môr, Ormonde, Blyth, Walney I + II, Teesside, Humber Gateway, Rhyl Flats, Westermost Rough, West of Duddon Sands and Kentish Flats. As lifecycle expert, DEME Group successfully decommissioned the Docking Shoal met mast and has several ongoing maintenance contracts in UK waters.
By giving the UK supply chain early visibility and access to its procurement requirements and processes, DEME is helping to support the UK and Scottish governments' objectives to maximise the UK content of offshore wind farms.
The UK Roadshows were supported by business associations like Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, NOF Energy, Furness Economic Development Forum, LEP Liverpool, Invest Northern Ireland, EEEGR, Grimsby Renewable Partnership / LEP Humber and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. The events were organized at 13 different locations going from Glasgow, Inverness, Wick, Aberdeen, Sedgefield, Barrow-in-Furness, Liverpool, Belfast, Grimsby, Norwich, Colchester, Ashford to London.
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