Sir Michael Fallon is calling on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to set a target of all offshore wind turbines containing at least 60pc British content, a rise of 10 percentage points on current levels. The former energy minister believes that the growing importance of green energy should be reflected in the UK’s industrial strategy. Writing to Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, Mr Fallon said the UK is facing a “pivotal moment for offshore wind” – adding that strengthening domestic manufacturers could make Britain a leading player in a fast-growing global industry.The current target of 50pc UK content is close to being met by some wind farm developers, and Sir Michael now wants the target to be hiked to ensure that more of the £550m earmarked to be spent on turbines by 2025 goes to British companies. “The huge investment to date has repaid the confidence shown by the Government in its future over the last six years,” Sir Michael said. “But some of that investment has gone to European companies with no consequent impact on UK skills and productivity.
Telegraph 7th May 2018 read more »
The developer behind some of the UK’s largest green energy projects said a deal with a local port will trigger major investment from the offshore wind power supply chain, creating thousands of new jobs in the region. Vattenfall, which is developing Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas offshore windfarms, signed a memorandum of understanding with Peel Ports Great Yarmouth in 2017 to explore locating the Swedish energy group’s operations base at the East Anglian facility. As they approach a commercial agreement that will cement a 25-year minimum residence in the port, both said that an investment by Vattenfall to locate there could trigger major investment by the supply chain in Norfolk.
Offshore Wind Journal 8th May 2018 read more »