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THE CHINN REVIEW THE UK OFFSHORE WIND SUPPLY CHAIN: A REVIEW OF OPPORTUNITIES AND BARRIERS


This is such an important document for the industry that we believed we should reproduce it within our magazine and website for greater awareness.


The below is the Executive Summary – the whole document can be accessed through the QR Code at the end of this article.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Offshore wind has a very substantial role to play in decarbonising the UK’s power sector over the coming years. The UK has a vital yet extremely challenging target to


This is expected to grow to over 10GW by 2020, and to be a growing part of the energy mix in the 2020s as the UK decarbonises its economy and works to deliver the newly agreed ambitious EU greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2030.


SCALE OF THE OPPORTUNITY This independent review set out to examine the scale of the opportunity for the UK supply chain from offshore wind deployment, to understand the supply chain’s current capability and readiness to compete, and to explore key barriers. The aim was to make recommendations to industry and Government about a handful of actions that could make a big difference in the near term, and help industry and Government deliver the twin goals of cost reduction and UK jobs and investment.


Evidence was gathered from across the offshore wind industry, with 29 interviews completed and 13 questionnaires submitted and analysed. In the interests of neutrality, the scope excluded those parts of the supply chain where Siemens has a key interest: wind turbine manufacture, substation equipment and wind turbine maintenance.


FINDINGS


Matthew Chinn reporting to Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy and Benj Sykes, Head of Asset Management, Dong Energy Wind Power. As co-chairs of the Offshore Wind Industry Council – November 2014.


reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels, and it is clear that several different low-carbon electricity generation technologies will be needed to deliver this commitment. As part of this transition, the UK is forging ahead with ambitious levels of offshore wind deployment: the UK already has the biggest offshore wind market in the world.


What is very clear in the findings is that parts of the UK supply chain have already experienced success: there is a great story to tell on operation and maintenance, array cables and substation manufacture in particular. The first challenge now is to make sure these successful sectors stand ready to meet the demands of the market and maintain their position, through innovation and scaling up to deliver on larger contracts. The second challenge is to seize the opportunities on offer for sectors which, to date, have mainly been supplied from overseas: towers, foundations and export cables.


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