Dong Energy to headline Offshore Wind Connections 2017

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Mar 2017

DONG Energy has been announced as the headline partner at Team Humber Marine Alliance’s Offshore Wind Connections event in May.

The offshore wind giant is leading the charge on the Humber, making Grimsby its east coast hub. It has been confirmed as diamond partner for the conference and exhibition at Bridlington Spa 

Klaus Skoust Møller, senior programme director at Dong, said it promised to be a great event. 

“It will showcase the Humber’s position as a leader in renewable energy,” he said. “We are proud to be part of the significant growth in the area.

“We are absolutely committed to our operations in the Humber and plan to invest £6bn in the region by 2019.”

Host authority East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been named platinum partner, with this website, Humberbusiness.com, as a media partner. 

Mark O'Reilly, THMA’s chief executive and chairman, said OWC17 would highlight the Humber’s preeminent position in the green energy revolution in the UK and Europe while also looking at global prospects for the region’s manufacturers and providers of specialist skills.

“The conference will be devoted to delivering business intelligence and we look forward to welcoming wind farm developers, owners, industry trade bodies and companies along the length of the offshore wind supply chain,” he said.

LOOKING FORWARD TO IT: Mark O'Reilly. 

Delegates from Massachusetts, USA and Denmark’s Offshoreenergy.dk, which have memoranda of understanding with Team Humber for future collaboration, will be present.

Offshoreenergy.dk points to 7,500MW of offshore farms being built on the eastern side of the UK in the next five years.

Speakers at the full-day conference of May 4 will include Hugh McNeal, chief executive of Renewable UK, James Cotter, project director of Triton Knoll Offshore Farm, Ray Thompson, head of business development at Siemens Wind Power, and Alex Gauntt, business development manager at Siem Offshore Contractors.

On the evening of May 3 there will be a Renewable UK networking event, also at the Spa.

Team Humber has announced the University of Hull as gold sponsor of OWC 17 and CWind, Mullion, Myton Law and JBA Consulting as silver sponsors. Green Port Hull and Renewable UK have been named as supporters.

Mr O’Reillly added: “Billions are being pumped into the North Sea industry. The Humber is its epicentre and the opportunities for businesses in the supply chain are vast.

“Three of the UK’s largest wind farms and 80 per cent of all North Sea offshore wind farms are on our doorstep while 60 per cent of the entire European offshore wind project to be built by 2020 is within 12 hours’ vessel steaming time.”

To book tickets, go to www.offshorewindconnections.co.uk. They are priced at £50 plus VAT for Team Humber Marine Alliance members, £75 plus VAT for non-members. Exhibition stands are £350 plus VAT.

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