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CHALLENGES


The evidence revealed a number of barriers which need to be overcome if a strong and sustainable supply chain is to grow in the UK. Different companies within the supply chain described different challenges, often related to the location, size and type of company rather than the product.


However, the main barriers that industry raised cut across all sectors were…


• The need for clearer visibility and volume in the order pipeline and market


• The difficulties facing new entrants without a track record in offshore wind


• The challenges posed by the way risk is dealt with through the supply chain


• The need for industry to move towards a culture which better enables collaboration and the efficiencies which follow


• The need for a clearer support landscape


A series of recommendations are presented, addressing the different barriers. These focus primarily on…


• The need for clarity on the long term market, including a 2030 emissions target for the power sector


• Consistent messaging from Government


• Governments, developers and the supply chain working together to help new market entrants


• Actions on commercial issues, including bonding


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTION This report goes to the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC). It contains recommendations for action for both industry and Government, with an expectation that these ideas – which have come from the industry itself – will be driven forward through the Council. Much of what was reported to the review team has been said before in recent reports or working groups, showing that action is clearly needed. OWIC needs to act promptly and decisively to drive forward actions that will make a tangible difference to opportunities for the supply chain in the UK.


COLLABORATION


Working collaboratively to deliver this programme and learning lessons from other industrial sectors will help the offshore wind sector in the UK achieve industry- wide efficiencies, cost-reduction and support sustainable jobs and investment.


However, this is a long-term industry involving substantial financial investments and, if the UK supply chain is to have a chance of succeeding in gap areas, the Government has to show its long-term commitment to supporting the market and do so consistently.


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